Richard George Patrick Bernard Dyer was born January 1925, in Newton Abbot, Devon. There is little known of his family history at the time of writing, and the evidence found is somewhat conflicting. Records show that his father is most likely William John Dyer, born in Teignmouth in 1898 (although the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has his father’s name as Richard). William Dyer was a Telegraph Messenger, 28237, in the Royal Navy. He served on numerous ships from 1913 until 1925 including HMS Impregnable, Victory I, Vivid I and the Lord Nelson amongst others.
Richard’s mother Violet Beatrice Damerell, lived in 1 Delamore Cottage, Bishopsteignton, along with Richard’s younger brother Rodney David Dyer who is shown to go to the village school in the 1939 census. Richard also had a little sister Diana who sadly passed away in 1933 aged 3 years.
Richard married Rosalind A M Hall in Newton Abbot in 1943. Before this Rosalind lived with her family in Totnes.
Richard George Patrick Bernard Dyer served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a sergeant, 1585784. Little is known about his time in the Air Force and he makes up one of the many ‘Unaccounted Airwomen & Airmen’.
Death and Burial
Richard George Patrick Bernard Dyer died somewhere in Egypt, on 12th April, 1944. He was just 18 years old.
El Alamein, Maṭrūḥ, Egypt
Richard George Patrick Bernard Dyer is not survived by any direct descendants.
But there are 5 other Dyers living in the parish during the 1939 census, so we hope to hear if they are any relation.
If you are related to him in any way or have any information you would like to share with us, please contact us directly or feel free to comment below.
Richard George Patrick Bernard Dyer is remembered by the village of Bishopsteignton.
References and credits
Author – Nathan Hutchinson