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William Tyler, M.M. Cheshire Regiment, 1914/18 War

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Horrace Report 22 Feb 2014 15:34

Frederick William Tyler, M.M., born 1898; married Daisy Comely in Runcorn, Cheshire in 1923; and died in Runcorn in 1972. This fine soldier won his Military Medal for bravery; and during his time as a safety and security officer with Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd in Runcorn, was selected to have his portrait painted by a professional artist, along with many other distinguished employees of the company. Since the break up of the company and the factories coming under new ownership, a number of Family History Associations have tried to discover the present locations of these portraits, in order to compile a history of the entire I.C.I. publicity project and the artists involved, and to attempt to obtain images of the portraits themselves. It is entirely possible that the families of the sitters have been given the paintings upon the retirement or death of each person depicted. Another possible outcome might be the sale of the portraits either before or during the demise of the company as a going concern. Such a project is appropriate in this centenary year of the outbreak of that terrible global conflict

Any comments would be welcome.



patchem Report 22 Feb 2014 21:52

Presumably this is his birth:
Births Dec 1898
TYLER Frederick William Manchester 8d 230
Have you looked to see if he is in any trees on here and then attempted to make contact with the tree owner?

Her surname appears to be Comley:

Marriages Dec 1923
Comley Daisy Tyler Runcorn 8a 430
Tyler Frederick W Comley Runcorn 8a 430

Her death?
Daisy Tyler
Birth Date: 27 Sep 1899
Date of Registration: Jan 1989
Age at Death: 89
Registration district: Warrington
Inferred County: Cheshire, Lancashire
Volume: 35
Page: 1099


patchem Report 22 Feb 2014 22:03

This looks like marriage of a son:
George W P Tyler
Spouse Surname: Steele
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1947
Registration district: Runcorn
Inferred County: Cheshire
Volume Number: 10a
Page Number: 1357
Kathleen Steele Tyler Jul-Aug-Sep 1947 Runcorn Cheshire

On ER in 2002


Horrace Report 23 Feb 2014 12:53

Hi patchem,

Thanks for your two responses to my posting, and the correction of my entry of William's wife's maiden name to Comley.

Also for his birthplace as Manchester, which I didn't have at all.

And for Daisy's death, which I also didn't pursue.

I also have it on good authority, but 'second-hand', that William and Daisy's son (no name given to me though) died only recently, the informant knowing the family personally and having attended his funeral in Runcorn. I'll have to look for the record. It could be George, unless he had a brother.



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 23 Feb 2014 19:26

GRO indexes only go up to 2006 meaning that a 'recent' death won't be shown

If the initial 'P' relates to Philip in the name of the son, could this be the notice of his death? The age at death seems about right.

The gro births for 1948 do give a female Tyler/Steele name which matches the daughter's.

Although you could contact the Funeral Directors, it might be better if your acquaintance asks his contact if he can give any more details.


Horrace Report 23 Feb 2014 22:33

Thanks +++DetEcTive+++

Yes, I'll try that link, as I'm sure it will be him: George W. P(hilip) Tyler.

I can also go into the obituary notices for as late as last week through the Runcorn Weekly News on-line.

Thanks for your info. Much appreciated!