Henry Ryland Dyer

Mr Henry Ryland Dyer

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(Courtesy: Denis Griffiths, UK)

Mr Henry Ryland Dyer, 24, was born in Jhansi, India on December 21, 1887 the son of Henry Thomas Dyer and Jemima Dyer (? née Ryland). He had one elder brother who died as a small child. He probably received part of his education in India before coming to England.

In c.1903 Dyer began an apprenticeship with Messrs Willey & Co, Iron Founders. Water Lane, Exeter. He also received education at Manual School Exeter, which was part of the Royal Albert Memorial College. Possibly on day release from his engineering apprenticeship at Messrs Willey & Co.

From 1907 he was resident at 43 Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter in the Parish of St James. Henry, known as "Harry" to the fans, played football for Exeter City FC (Full Back) in eleven matches, the first of which took place on 3 October 1907.

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"The Exeter City team which competed in the Plymouth & District League in the final season before the Grecians joined the Southern League.
Back row (left to right)., Mr C.Fey [obscured], Mr W. Bastin, E. Eveleigh, H.Dyer (who went down on the Titantic [sic], W. Bunker' Wells, S. Bastin, Percy Warner, Sgt Mould, Mr S. H. Thomas (secretary) [out of shot].
Sitting: Ben Massey, R.Fenwick, J. Sellick, H. Singlehurst, W. Letheren."
(Courtesy: Exeter City Football Club / Steve Coombes, UK)

He was also a member of the St David's (Exeter) District Committee of the National Deposit Friendly Society of which his father was chairman.

From early 1908 he was in employment with the White Star line based in Southampton. After a short period on the shore staff at Southampton he was appointed to the Adriatic where he stayed for three years before moving, in 1911, to the Olympic. The following year he was appointed to the Titanic as Senior Assistant Fourth Engineer. His Southampton address was 52 Middle Street, The Avenue, Southampton.

Henry Ryland Dyer lost his life in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified. He was unmarried. He is remembered on his family gravestone.

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(Courtesy: Steve Coombes, UK)

Notes
Henry Thomas Dyer. (b. 1856, d. aged 58, 20 Sept 1914; Occupation: Quarter Master Sergeant with 2nd Devonshire Regiment. After leaving the Army he is shown as an 'Accountant' in Besley's Exeter Directory for 1909 & 1912, he was also chairman of the St David's (Exeter) District Committee of the National Friendly Society. His wife Jemima Dyer (born 1855) dies aged 68 on 26 June 1923, her obituary appeared in the Express & Echo, 26 June 1923.

  • DYER-On June 26th at 43 Mount Pleasant Road, Jemima widow of the late Quarter Master Sergeant H. T. Dyer, 2nd Devon Regiment.

The parents were buried in the Higher Cemetery, Exeter (on 23 September 1914 & 28 June 1923 respectively). The Gravestone also commemorates Harry and their elder son, Eddie. The grave number is 12C/5. The inscription includes 'and of his Sons, HENRY RYLAND DYER Engineer RMS 'Titanic' and EDDIE aged 20 months.

References and Sources

United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
British Titanic Society
Exeter Library
Exeter City Council
Garth Dykes, Maurice Golesworthy, Alex Wilson (1990) Exeter City: A Complete Record 1904-1990
 

Credits
Steve Coombes, UK
Denis Griffiths, UK

Pictures

THE HEROIC ENGINEERS WHO WENT DOWN TO A MAN

(1912) 

THE HEROIC ENGINEERS WHO WENT DOWN TO A MAN

 

Articles and Stories

Titanic Disaster, Westcountry Passengers and Crew

Western Morning News  (1912) 

TITANIC DISASTER, WESTCOUNTRY PASSENGERS AND CREW

 
Dyer Family Information

DYER FAMILY INFORMATION

 
The Titanic Disaster

Exeter Flying Post  (1912) 

THE TITANIC DISASTER

 
Various Memorials to Henry Dyer

VARIOUS MEMORIALS TO HENRY DYER

 
1901 Census

1901 CENSUS

 
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