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Tyson Sutherland

On 9 August 1916 Private Tyson Sutherland died of wounds. He was aged 26.

James Tyson Sutherland was born in 1889 in Birkenhead, third child of Alexander Sutherland (a hotel manager) and Rebecca née Hudson of 25 Appleton Road Walton, Liverpool. He had enlisted in Liverpool with Royal Army Medical Corps and his regimental number was 56831.

He was serving with 45th Field Ambulance at the time of his death and the incident is recorded in the regimental war diary:

“Since this morning, 387 ambulance casualties occurred while working in Mametz Wood. RL dugout wrecked by shell. RAMC post (457A) cleared it under heavy shellfire. Rescuers suffered from “gas” in the deep dug out. Captain Raymond wounded & gassed also Capt Hamilton and later Major Worthington “gassed” in clearing RAMC dugout which had been wrecked. Sergeant Beard, Cpl Mount, Privates Sutherland, Town and Div Coy PH were killed & further relays of rescuers successively gassed up to a total of 30. Very gallant work to be brought to the notice of ADMS [Assistant Director Medical Services].”

Tyson was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He was buried at Plot 7 Row D Grave 9 Flatiron Cross cemetery Mametz and listed on the Rogart war memorial. His inclusion on Rogart’s memorial is due to his father’s connection to the Craigton Sutherlands. He was a cousin of Andrew Sutherland (Craigton).

Inscribed on his grave: “If out of sight not out of mind dear are the memories left behind”