1842-1917

October 20, 1842, Kennington, Surrey, England.

1917, East Preston, England.

Tyler was the youngest of seven children of John Talbot Tyler, who was a member of the pacifist Peace Convention, a hatter to Prince Albert and a director of the United Kingdom Temperance and General Provident Institution. In 1856, his family’s fortunes took a turn for the worse, and James subsequently trained as a clerk, as had his brother Samuel.

James never married, but lived with his mother, brother Samuel and sister Mary Ann, first in Lambeth, then Clapham, and finally in Worthing, Sussex. An amateur musician, Tyler was joint superintendent with his brother of the Children’s Special Service Mission, from its start in 1867. He conducted missions for children, seaside services, etc., in many parts of Britain.

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