|Person Name||Tyrrell; Frank (1892-1964); Chief Clerk, Personal Assistant to Sir Fabian Ware|
|Epithet||Chief Clerk, Personal Assistant to Sir Fabian Ware|
|Source||CWGC Archive, IWGC Staff Card Index; CWGC Archive, Add 10/1/02 - King's Birthday Honours List 1935; CWGC Archive, CM 3/1/144 - COMMISSION MEETING NO. 476, 24/09/1964; CWGC Archive, ES/131 - Public Record Office and Commissions Records at Wardour Castle |
|Biographical Note||Frank Tyrrell was Chief Clerk for the Imperial War Graves Commission and Sir Fabian Ware's personal assistant.|
He was born in 1892. His first association with war graves commenced in March 1915 when he was posted to the War Graves Registration Unit in France, under the command of Major General Sir Fabian Ware. He remained Ware's personal assistant until 1947.
Tyrrell was appointed Chief Clerk and was praised for his 'knowledge, tact and efficiency during a difficult period of reduction and reorganisation of the Commission's staff', following the completion of the Commission's construction work. It was for this that he was recommended for and subsequently awarded an M.B.E. in March 1935. He retired in 1956, having devoted much of his life to the Commission. Following his retirement, Tyrrell assisted Mr Oliver Holt with his historical survey of the Commission's records by sending him written recollections of his experiences during the 1920's, when Commission was based around London. Tyrrell had acquired records from the Red Cross Record Office relating to Ware's mobile unit for the Commission's Archive.
Frank Tyrrell passed away on 31 July 1964, aged 71. He was remembered for his long and loyal service at the 476th Commission meeting.