George Tyrell

George Tyrell is not on the war memorial or on the absent voters list. I have included him as he came from Saxlingham and his name is on a list that was in the Church Chest. The list said that he was serving in 1st Norfolk Regiment. He was a regular soldier.

George was born on 13 December 1874 in Saxlingham Nethergate. His parents were Alfred and Maryann Tyrell. His father was a farm labourer who came from Saxlingham Nethergate. George was part of a large family of ten children, three of whom died.

His siblings were

Elizabeth born 1860

Emma born 1861

Mary Ann born 1863

Alfred born 1864

Rachel born 1866

Charlotte born 1869 died 1871

Sarah Ann Elizabeth born 1870 died 1875

Ellen born 1873

May born 1878

George was baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Saxlingham Nethegate on 7 March 1875. His sisters Ellen, Rachel and Sarah Ann were baptised at the same time. His sister Sarah died a few months later in June aged four years old.

In 1881 the family were living in Shotesham St. Mary but by 1891 they were living on the Green, Saxlingham Nethergate.

On 12 January 1895 aged 19 years and one month, George joined the Norfolk Regiment. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall with a 33 inch chest. He had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He originally enlisted for seven years but this was repeatedly extended and he in fact served for 22 years. His service number was 4239.

After originally training in Norfolk he served abroad for many years;

In India from 24 February 1898 till 26 December 1904, in South Africa from 27 February 1904 till 3 October 1908, in Gibraltar from 4 October 1908 till 8 October 1909.

Fort Napier Barracks, Pietermasitzburg, The Norfolk Regiment were stationed here between 1907-1909

 He was in England from 9 October 1909 till 31 January 1917. He was promoted to Corporal on 25 January 1916.  He was discharged in 1917 as it was the end of his period of engagement.

In 1911 he was living in the Britannia Barracks , Mousehold Heath, Norwich.

Britannia Barracks,1891, troops marching for training.

( Photograph Norfolk Regimental Museum)

On 4 August 1914 George married Alice Gaul (nee Aldridge) born 10 October 1882 in a Register Office in Norwich. She was a widow, whose husband Walter had died in February 1911. Prior to her marriage to George she worked in the boot industry as a fitter and then a machinist. She had two sons Walter Stanley Gaul born 6 May 1906 and Donald George Gaul born 1 November 1909.

After their marriage the family address was given as 59 Barn Road, St. Benedict, Norwich.

They had four children Alice May born 1916

Ivy Ethel born 1917

George Charles born 1920

Phyllis Ellen born 1924.

On leaving the army George became a railway porter/ army pensioner and in 1920 was living at 2 Railway Street, Norwich.

In 1939 George was working as a farm carter and was living on Stubbs Green , Shotesham.

He died in March 1957 in the Trinity Hospital, Shotesham. On his death certificate it said he died from Myocardial degeneration/ chronic bronchitis. His occupation was given as retired corporal Royal Norfolk Regiment.

Trinity Hospital Shotesham.


England & Wales, Birth, marriage, death index 1837-2005

UK Census Collection

1939 Register-

British Army Pension Records

Norfolk, Church of England Diocesan Baptismal Records, Saxlingham Nethergate. Photograph of Fort Napier Photograph of Trinity Hospital, Shotesham

Papers in St. Mary’s Church chest now in Norfolk Record Office.

Family Trees on

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