Walter Alexander Tyrrell was one of three sons of Alderman John and Jennie (Todd) Tyrrell. Having served a 12 month enlistment with the Royal Naval Air Service, he was discharged on 24 November 1915. On 4 April 1917 at Farnborough, Tyrrell joined the Royal Flying Corps. Posted to 32 Squadron, he became an ace flying the D.H.5. In 1918, he scored twelve more victories flying the S.E.5a. The highest scoring ace in his squadron, Tyrrell was killed in action by enemy machine gun fire from the trenches. He was 19 years old.
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 (Front)
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 (Back)
Andrews Collection, Canterbury, Kent, England
UK, Miscellaneous Foreign Death Returns
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Walter Alexander "Tyrrell, Gen. list, attd. R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one day this officer attacked two enemy triplanes, destroying one and driving down the other out of control. After this he was attacked by two other machines, one of which he forced to land, taking the occupants prisoners. On various other occasions he has destroyed or driven down out of control enemy machines.