He was the younger son of Kenneth Bassett Tindall (F1898-1903), Headmaster of West Downs School, Winchester, from 1922. His mother was Theodora Mary Tindall, daughter of the Reverend William James Boys. He was the younger brother of Richard Geoffrey Tindall (H1925-1930, King’s Royal Rifle Corps), who was killed in action in January 1942. The family re-located to Scotland when West Downs was evacuated to Glenapp Castle in August 1940, and moved again to Blair Castle, at Blair Atholl, Perthshire, in September 1941.
He came to Mr. Robinson’s House from Abberley Hall in Short Half 1937. He progressed appreciably through his school career, and developed very strongly towards the end. During his last year he played in Commoner XV and in 2nd XI soccer, and was spare man of the VIII. He was a House Prefect in Short Half, 1941, and a School Prefect for his last term, Common Time 1942. Towards the end of that term, on March 6th, he attended his elder brother’s memorial service in Eton College chapel.
According to the Register, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the army’s official announcement in The Times he joined the Rifle Brigade immediately on leaving school. However, his parents’ announcement of his death, and the Annals of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, both state that he was serving in the KRRC, like his brother.
He was posted to a Motor Battalion OCTU at York, and died on August 27th in York Military Hospital as the result of an accident. He was eighteen years old, and lies in the south-west corner of St. Michael’s churchyard, Warden, Hexham, Northumberland, where his funeral took place on August 31st 1942. The Annals of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, in speaking of the death of his brother, stated that: “It was a tragic irony that his parents, who had devotedly cared for hundreds of other people’s boys at their Winchester preparatory school, should also later lose their other son, one of the Regiment’s officer cadets, in an accident”.
- Surname: Tindall
- Forenames or initials: Mark
- House: H
- Years in School: 1937-1942
- Rank: Officer Cadet
- Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
- Date of Birth: 3rd November 1923
- Date of Death: 27th August 1942
- How Died: Killed on Active Service
- Location in War Cloister: Inner B2
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: St Michael's Churchyard, Warden, Hexham, Northumberland