Obituary: Major Charles Henry Guise Tyndale 1918-1996

Born on 7th April 1918, Henry Tyndale was the son of Henry Edmund Guise Tyndale, Housemaster of Kay House, Winchester College, and Katherine, née Seely.

He was educated at Marlborough College and Sandhurst after which he was commissioned into the Indian Army.

He served in North Africa during WW2 before being captured and incarcerated in Italy and Germany prior to release in 1945. He became an accomplished cartographer for the escape committees in his various camps as well as being a leading light in Camp Dramatics!

After the war he was instumental in maintaining peaceful relations in his sector at the very difficult time of partition in India. He later served in Trieste, Korea and Malaya before retiring from the Army in 1960.

He took a post as a company executive in London and assisted his second wife Mary with the Girl Guides.

After retirement from business he kept up part-time work in manufacturing and Trust House Forte while gradually devoting more time to raising money for MENCAP and ‘The Grange School’ for Mentally Handicapped Children. His efforts over 27 years were richly rewarded at his Memorial Service when it was announced that a new school for the handicapped is to be named in his memory.

He bore the tragedy of the deaths of two wives and two children with characteristic courage and fortitude.

He was a man of enormous integrity, a kind and considerate gentleman who was loved by everyone, a person who accepted all and loved them in return.

It is a great shame that his burgeoning interest in The Tyndale Society was not able to be fulfilled.

© Antony Tyndale

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