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D/SSX 26862   Able Seaman Patrick Joseph Tyre
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Stronghold, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Died: 02/03/1942 (Died at Sea)
Age: 21
Summary      
Patrick Tyre was the son of Patrick & Elizabeth Tyre. He was born about 1921. It seems the family lived in Cookstown for a time. Able Seaman Tyre served with the Royal Navy in World War Two on board H.M.S. Stronghold. On 2nd March 1942 HMS Stronghold was sunk near Java. Able Seaman Patrick Tyre was lost at sea on 2nd March 1942. He was 21 years old.
Further Information
Patrick Tyre was the son of Patrick & Elizabeth Tyre. He was born about 1921.
It seems the family lived in Cookstown for a time.
Known family: Patrick Tyre, Elizabeth Tyre, Patrick Tyre (born about 1921).
Able Seaman Tyre served with the Royal Navy in World War Two on board H.M.S. Stronghold.
HMS  Stronghold
On 2nd March 1942 a Japanese task group consisting of the heavy cruiser Maya and the destroyers Arashi and Nowaki discovered and sank HMS Stronghold as she tried to escape the south of Java for the safer waters of Northern Australia. Maya later took on board 50 survivors from HMS Stronghold.
Able Seaman Patrick Tyre was lost at sea on 2nd March 1942. He was 21 years old.
1945
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945:
The death is now officially presumed of Able Seaman Patrick Joseph Tyre of H.M.S. Stronghold, who was reported missing after the battle of the Java sea in 1942. This gallant young sailor, whio joined the Navy in 1939, was a son of the late Patrick Tyre of Belfast. He was well-known in Cookstown, where he resided for a number of years before joining the Navy. His grandfather, Robert Carson, resides in Church Street, Cookstown, and other relatives in Orritor Street, Cookstown. His father died a few months ago and he has a brother, John, also in the Royal Navy, who has six years’ service, and had a very narrow escape at the capitulation of Singapore.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th December 1945: Roll of Honour
TYRE - Patrick Joseph Tyre (Able Seaman), previously reported missing, now officially presumed to have lost his life on H.M.S. Stronghold, 2nd March 1942.
‘Our Lady of the Good winds pray for him.’
Deeply regretted by
bullet His sorrowing mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law and niece Patricia. 34 Ardilea Street, Belfast.
bullet His grandfather Robert Carson of Church Street, Cookstown
bullet His uncle Michael McElhatton
bullet And cousin Mrs Teresa Devlin, of Orritor Street, Cookstown.
Memorials
Able Seaman Patrick Tyre is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Panel 66 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Able Seaman Tyre is also commemorated on Cookstown War Memorial.
The CWGC records Able Seaman Patrick Joseph Tyre as the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Tyre of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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References and Links
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1 Plymouth War Memorial Patrick Joseph Tyre is commemorated on Panel 66
2 Uboat.Net - HMS Stronghold HMS Stronghold ship information
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2021