• Christina Drummond

Second Lieutenant Christopher St John Tyrer, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Second Lieutenant Christopher St John Tyrer, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme. The fourth son of the Vicar of Moxley, he had intended to follow his father into the church, but instead joined up with his three older brothers in September of 1914. The battalion, known as 2nd Birmingham Pals, was raised in Birmingham at that time by the Lord Mayor and a local committee. After training they joined 95th Brigade, 32nd Division, and in November of 1915 they arrived in France, landing at Boulogne. In March of 1916 they took over a section of the front line between St Laurent Blangy and the southern edge of Vimy Ridge, near Arras. They moved south in July to reinforce the Somme, and saw action in five major battles. Second Lieutenant Tyrer is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe in France; one of his brothers was killed in action a month later. Christopher, from Darlaston in Staffordshire, was 23 years old.

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