A soldier, railwayman and farmer, Mr. Tyler was born in Saint John on February 22, 1897. He enlisted in the Canadian army in 1915 and spent most of the First World War with the Canadian Black Devils from Winnipeg as a bugler. Prior to the war, he played in the Saint John Brass Band and organized the first boy scout bugle band in Saint John. After the war he started a trucking business in Saint John, but later decided he wanted to become a farmer, so moved to the Ripples area, but he maintained his ties with the military. I n the years prior to the Second World War, he belonged to the York Regiment Matilda, and just before the Second World War the regiment was amalgamated with the Carlton Light Infantry to form the Carlton York Regiment. When the Second World War broke out the Carlton York Regiment was named part of the first contingent to be sent over seas and Bugle Sergeant Tyler was with them. He was awarded the Silver Bugle by his regiment in 1939 for 21 years of service. When the ship landed in Scotland, he led the parade to where the first Canadian contingent met future Governor General Vincent Massey and Canadian Commander major General A.G.L. MacNaughton. One of Mr. Tyler's treasured memories was his visit with King George VI, and another with Queen Elizabeth during the first inspection after arrival in Britain. However, his career in the Second World War was cut short in 1941 when his leg was broken in seven places during bombing attacks in the Battle of Britain and was sent home. He became known to thousands of Canadians who traveled on the CPR where from 1941 to 1959 he served as a porter on the Saint John to Montreal, Saint John to Boston, Toronto to Regina and many other runs. When he returned to the family farm in Minto, he became friend and confidant to many and distinguished himself as the most honoured member of the Black community in new Brunswick for the work he did to promote the pride, unity and dignity of his race through education.