Brian Frank Tyson

Additional Information: 

Son of Francis Edward and Ida Tyson.

  • UK Army Roll of Honour 1939-45
  • CWGC

Biographical Notes:

"Private Brian Frank Tyson died of malaria at Bisroot on the Palong River, Northern Johore, on January 26th, 1943, at the age of 38.

A New Zealander, he was a student at the Otago School of Mines from 1924 to 1928, graduating with the degrees of B.Sc. (Geol.) and B.Eng. (Min.), and thereupon took up a position as drill superintendent with the Siamese Tin Syndicate on an alluvial deposit in Otago. In July, 1929, he was appointed assistant mining engineer, Pahang Consolidated Co., Ltd., at Sungei Lembing, Pahang, F.M.S., and seven years later was promoted mining engineer, becoming underground manager in 1939.

His whereabouts were unknown after the Japanese invasion of Malaya but it is said that he remained voluntarily to assist in the operation of a secret radio transmitter, and, in 1945, Mr. Tyson was reported to have been mentioned in a letter from a member of the Institution who had been with the same company and was in Malai prisoner-of-war camp. The report of his death was received from the New Zealand Missing and Prisoners of War Agency." [Source:, 15/11/2019] [NZWGT - there are discrepancies in rank and date of death between this information and that recorded by the CWGC.]

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: George Davis
Relationship to casualty: Researcher on Otago University WWII military personnel
Federation of Malay States' Volunteer Force #371943, Capt. Underground Manager Pahang Consolidated Coy, at Sungei Lembing, Malaya; POW, died from malaria, N. Johore 18 Jan 1943.

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Service Number: 
Brian Frank Tyson
Date of Birth:
20 May 1905
Place of Birth:
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Occupation on Enlistment:
Mining Engineer
Pahang Consolidated Co Ltd, Sungei Lembing, Pahang
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Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Date of Death:
18 January 1943
Day of Death:

Embarkation Details

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum


Cemetery Location: 
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