Oscar Tyrrell was born on 22nd May 1880 at home at 8 Rymer Street, Herne Hill, the son of Abraham Oscar Tyrrell, a butcher, and Clementine Louisa Tyrrell, formerly Parrish. He had one sister, Amy who was 2 years older than him.
In 1911 he was living at home, 35 Queens Street, Hammersmith and was an unmarried auctioneer’s clerk.
When Oscar joined up on 9th August 1915 he gave his address as 12 St Pauls Mansions, Hammersmith and his profession as a surveyor. He was granted a commission as Second Lieutenant in the 3/10 London Regiment, and was sent for training to the regimental reserve which was then at Tadworth Camp, near Epsom.
Oscar joined the 10th Battalion in Egypt where he was wounded in the premature explosion of a bomb, and invalided back to England. After recovering, rather than being sent back to the 10th Battalion in Egypt he was sent to the 12th Battalion which was in France. He joined them at Sailly in mid July 1916.
Oscar was posted “missing in action” on the 9th September 1916 at the battle of Ginchy probably in an area known as the “Quadrilateral”.
Oscar has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He is also commemorated on his sister’s grave in St Mary’s Churchyard.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France on 31st October 2015 by Cllr Linda Emery (Deputy Major of Thame) & Cllr Helena Fickling