Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Joseph Charles Tyndall, 4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, attached to 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action at Kemmel in Belgium.
One of ten children of a Dublin solicitor, he was educated in England, at Ladycross School in East Sussex and Beaumont College in Old Windsor, Berkshire. In 1910 he joined the Special Reserve, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, at the age of seventeen, and was frequently mentioned in the society pages as “cutting quite the dashing figure” in his uniform, standing well over six foot tall and being of athletic build.
In 1913 Lieutenant Tyndall took a leave of absence to travel to a mining concern in Australia, which was expected to make fortunes for the syndicate that held the patent rights. The outbreak of the Great War intervened after a few months. A local newspaper referred to him as “a picturesque young soldier” with a “pleasing manner and appearance” and reported that he had gone to the camp at Broadmeadows as a temporary lieutenant with the Australian Imperial Reserve Force. He was given charge of the Imperial Reservists while at the camp and on the voyage to England, it being reported that “though young in years, he has achieved a good position in the estimation of his superior officers, for not only are his credentials of the highest order, but his tact with his men and his knowledge of the technique of training are such as to make him a man of much promise in the profession he has adopted.”
Lieutenant Tyndall arrived in England in November of 1914 and rejoined his regiment, which embarked for the Western Front at the end of January in 1915. He was killed during the fighting at Kemmel in Belgium. His eldest brother was Major General William E. Tyndall, C.B., C.B.E., M.C., a surgeon with the Royal Army Medical Corps; another of his brothers, Captain Eustace Tyndall, served with the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers in the Great War and the Royal Army Service Corps in the second world war. Lieutenant Tyndall is buried in the Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery at West-Vlaanderen in Belgium.
Joseph, from Blackrock, County Dublin, was 22 years old.