Pte Herbert Dyer

Herbert was born on the 23rd August 1912 in North Devon. His parents were James and Mary Dyer, following their marriage they went on to have a large family, living most of their life in the Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area.

Aged only 2 when the first world war broke out, Herbert would be impacted by the events that took place as his older brother’s saw active service, one of them never returning home.

His brother Frederick James Dyer.

Herbert’s oldest brother, Frederick, born in 1893 would be 21 when he served during the First World War. His service records show him as working as a butcher, aged 21 when he enlisted at the time he is shown as living at Lincombe, Lee. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force. During his time in active service, he was admitted to hospital on a number of occasions, eventually being diagnosed with an Irritable Heart condition in April 1916, he would be discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on the 29th August 1916.

He would go on to reinlist in April 1917, again with the Australian Impreial Force where he would go on to serve with the 4th Light Horse Regiment, he would remain in Australia following the war, with his wife and children until he died in 1959.

Thomas William Dyer

Thomas would be James and Mary’s second born son, and like his older brother Frederick would see active service during World War One, sadly Thomas would be killed in action in November 1916

Herbert married Hilda Hopkins in October 1934, a few years later the 1939 census shows the family living at Old Tree Cottage, Ilfracombe, Herbert is working as a Bricklayer, with his father James living with them, and their son David had only recently been born.

Herbert would enlist with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry where he would serve as a Private in the regiment (PTE 5445061), with the 2nd battalion.

He would be killed in action on the 7th May 1943 and is buried at Medjez-El-Bab memorial in Tunisia.

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