The Church Organ
Our church organ sits at the west end of the church, but it's history is something of a mystery to us. We know that members of the congregation moved it and re-built it bit by bit in the late 1950s' after it was donated to us from St. Michaels, Church that was being closed in the Sulhamstead Bannister area, just south of Reading.
The Organ itself was orginally donated in memory of Major George Beaumont Tyser from the East Lancashire Regiment who lost his life at La Boiselle, France on the 5 July 1916.
But sadly, we know no more than this.
As our thoughts and minds move towards the commemoration of the Centenary anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. We would like to try and find out more about the history and family of Major George. Because we were donated the organ we are not even sure that his decendants and family are aware that this beautiful instrument exists and is used every Sunday.
Over the coming weeks, we will hopefully find out more information, and post it on here as the search continues.
If you have any information that might help, please email Carl.firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Details of the Organ - as recorded by The Berkshire Organists Association.
Open Diapason 8
Closed Horn 8
Echo Gamba 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Balanced Swell Pedal
above - a photograph of Major George, obtained from the London Stock Exchange Roll of Honour.
below - grave photo of Major George copyrighted The War Graves Photographic Project.
Sources of Information
The Berkshire Organists Association
Cambourn School of Mines
East Lancashire Regiment Museum
Commonwealth and War Graves Commission
The War Graves Photographic Project
24 April 2014.
I've been doing some research this afternoon, and I've found out that Major George was in the 7th Battalion East, Lancashire Regt. He died during the Battle of the Somme just outside La Boiselle and is buried at the Bapaume Post Military Cemetety, Albert.
He was just 39 when he died, youngest son of George Walter and Annie Tyser from Oakfied, Mortimer. Does he have any relatives still in the area?
30 April 2014
I've been mildly successful this week in peicing more together about Major George, with sincere thanks to the Lancashire Infrantry Museum, Cambourne School of Mines. and the London Stock Exchange.
MAJOR GEORGE BEAUMONT TYSER, East Lancashire Regiment, was born in 1876, Youngest son of George W. Tyser, Shipowner, of Oakfield, Mortimer, Berkshire, and of Mrs. Tyser. Married, in 1903, Lucy Norah Cornish. He was educated at Harrow and at Camborne Mining College.
Major Tyser, who was in business when the South African War broke out, immediately volunteered for service and joined Paget's Horse, eventually becoming Lance Bearer to Lord Methuen ; he received the Queen's Medal and five clasps. On returning home he went on the Stock Exchange and became a member in 1911, joining the firm of Robinson and Glyn.
On the outbreak of war he was given a commission in the 7th East Lancashire Regiment, and was promoted to Captain soon afterwards. From September, 1914, to July, 1915, he was stationed on Salisbury Plain; he was then sent to France, and was killed in action on July 5th, 1916, at La Boiselle.
A brother-officer wrote to his widow: " I heard yesterday from one of the few old Officers in the 7th, and he asked me to tell you of a tribute to your husband's splendid bearing under fire. A man in the Worcesters who was present at the time said to him: " Major Tyser was absolutely fearless, and took endless risks walking up and down the streets of La Boiselle, being sniped all the time, in efforts to rally some troops who were falling back. He was splendid, but unhappily the cool way he walked about giving orders made him too conspicuous to friend and foe.' "
It is very sad to think that there was no East Lancashire Officer present to speak all this praise, but I think it may help you through this terrible time to know that a man in another Regiment should have spoken so warmly of his magnificent courage.