Reginald Hartley TYSON

TYSON, Reginald Hartley

Service Number: 5409
Enlisted: 16 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Petersham, New South Wales, Australia, 19 October 1890
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: North Sydney Grammar School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Shipping clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, 3 May 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, France
Plot VI, Row B, Grave 16.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Northbridge (Shore) Sydney Church of England Grammar School Memorial Cricket Ground Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5409, 19th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 5409, 19th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Wiltshire embarkation_ship_number: A18 public_note: ''
22 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 5409, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Reginald’s younger brother, Captain James Gordon Tyson, M.C., 3rd Battalion AIF, died of wounds the same day as Reginald was killed, even though they were serving in different units. James was only 22 years of age.

Reginald Tyson only joined the 19th Battalion in France in during April 1917.

On 3 May 1917, a renewed attempt was made to capture the fortified village of Bullecourt as part of the final throes of the British Army’s Arras offensive. While the Australians would eventually penetrate the German line, they met determined opposition and ferocious fighting that would end with almost 7,500 Australian casualties.

Reginald was acting as a signaller during the battle and no one knows for sure what happened to him during the fighting. Initially listed as missing in action, it wasn’t until April the following year that Reginald Tyson was officially reported as killed in action. His body was recovered and identified after the end of the war, by its association with his identity disc, and a cross was erected for him at Queant Road Cemetary, Buissy, along with the epitaph “Thy will be done”.