Tyndale, William Barnard


He was the only son of Geoffrey Clifford Tyndale KC and Adeleaide Tyndale (daughter of John Citron), of 76 Church Street, Kensington, London W8. Tyndale was first educated at Banstead Hall, where he rose to be head of the school. In 1935 he came to Mr. Robinson’s House as an Exhibitioner; and rose rapidly up the school until at the end of his time he was Senior Commoner in Sixth Book 1(a). In addition to his strong literary interests, he was a skilful musician and an oboe soloist at more than one school concert.  He was runner-up in English Speech, and his performance  in Medea in 1937 was long remembered.

After a year at Christ Church, Oxford, where he qualified for a degree in June 1942, he entered the Royal Irish Fusiliers, but in February 1944 transferred to the London Irish Rifles, which that month had taken heavy casualties at Anzio.

According to Winchester sources, Tyndale was serving with 1st Battalion, but that battalion was resting near Naples and then in Egypt during the period when Tyndale died. He can only therefore have been serving with 2nd Battalion, which was in the line near Monte Cassino in March 1944.

He went out soon afterwards as a Rifleman to Italy where, on March 24th, during a patrol by the Rapido River, he was killed by a mine.

He is buried in grave XI. J. 16 of the Cassino War Cemetery.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Tyndale
  • Forenames or initials: William Barnard
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1935-1940
  • Rank: Rifleman
  • Regiment: Royal Ulster Rifles
  • Date of Birth: 22nd September 1922
  • Date of Death: 24th March 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Cassino War Cemetery: Grave XI.J.16