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Peter Tyler

Able Seaman 602114 Mercantile Marine Reserve HM Yacht “Zarefah”
Died 8 May 1917
Remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial
Remembered on Tongham War Memorial

The 1901 census records that a Peter Tyler, born c1894 in Wandsworth, was a boarder with the Westbrook family in Lower Bourne.

Peter Tyler was admitted to the mixed school at Tongham Church of England School 29 September 1903. He was classified as “in last school”. (Log Book CC1139/2/1)

Peter Tyler's record from the Metropolitan Asylums Board Training Ship Exmouth gives his union or parish as Wandsworth. TS Exmouth was moored off Grays in Essex. He joined the training ship 6 March 1907 and left 18 June 1910. He could swim and had passed 1st class in gunnery. His age is entered as "93", his year of birth, possibly estimated. He was discharged to SS Star of Ireland, London, £1 a month.

Zarefah was sunk by a mine explosion off the Orkneys. The Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll records that Peter’s sister Ethel was notified and she lived at Oakmere, Forest Gate, London; and “Official Number Port Division NK (Dev)”. The Naval medal and Award Rolls record that he earned the Victory and British medals.

Tongham Great War Roll of Honour

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