‘My father was a wartime hero’

Sidney Tyson
Sidney Tyson

From farming stock in Ganton, Sidney Tyson was one of 20 men featured under the headline Our Heroes Gallery in Scarborough Pictorial.

Dated Wednesday January 27, 1915, he is the third from left on the bottom of four rows.

It is a piece of dozens of memorabilia kept by his daughter Joyce Deighton, now in her 80s and who lives in Falsgrave.

She has a picture of her father, who was invalided out of World War One to the 2nd Eastern General Hospital some time in 1915. She also has a copy of a poem The Gallant Fight – about the landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, in August 1915, which was among her father’s possessions.

It opens: You May talk of Balaclava, And of Trafalgar Day; But what of the 11th Division Who landed at Suvla Bay.

They were part of Kitchener’s Army, Some had left children and wives, But they fought for England’s freedom, Fought for their very lives.

It ends: So remember the 11th Division, Who are all volunteers you know, But they fought and died like heroes While going to face the foe.

Working on Marine Drive before the outbreak of World War One, Mr Tyson was billetted at Scarborough Barracks when he met the woman who was to become his wife Sarah Ann Adelaide – known as Adelaide, a Scarborian born and bred. By the time he signed up he was living at 661/2 Longwestgate in the Old Town.

“He was a very quiet man, he never talked about the war,” said Mrs Deighton, who is one of 17 children, the youngest of eight sisters.

When her father returned from the service, he continued to work for Scarborough Council. He died aged 62.

Mrs Deighton has pictures of her father at the Brighton hospital with other wounded service men and several with other members of his regiment.

She also has a copy of Remember Scarborough 1914! – a booklet by David Mould commemorating the Scarborough Bombardment of December that year.

That raid by German gunboats on Scarborough, Whitby and Harlepool came four months after the declaration of hostilities.

The death toll was 124, more than 500 people were injured and buildings in all three towns were ripped apart by shells. Mrs Deighton had a dry cleaning business and learned to drive 50 years ago.

She also worked in Marks and Spencer in Scarborough.

She has copies of theScarborough Pictorial of the damage caused to the town during the Bombardment – and the aftermath of the attack from the sea.