George Stephen Tusler was born in June 1907, the son of William and Mary Jane Tusler (nee Hammacott) and married to Eva (nee Moore).
Before joining the Forces he had been a fireman in the Teignmouth Fire Brigade and also the secretary of the St John Ambulance Brigade.
He enlisted on 29th September 1939 in the Royal Army Service Corps and transferred to the Corps of Military Police on 25th January 1941 where he held the rank of sergeant.
He died on 12th April 1942 at the Shropshire Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, where he had been admitted following an accident which had resulted in a compound fracture of his right leg. He died whilst under anaesthetic and, although recording a verdict of accidental death, the Oswestry coroner (Mr W B Aylmer Lewis) commented that although an emergency operation was warranted his death should not have happened. He died as a result of asphyxiation during anaesthethesia which, according to the coroner, could have been prevented if there had been better communication between anaesthetists during handover.
At his funeral George Tusler was given the honour of a Teignmouth fire engine hearse. Members of the Fire Brigade, St John Ambulance Brigade, Red Cross Society and the Voluntary Aid Detachment all attended the service which was officiated by the Rev H S Wyatt.
In the year after his death, as reported in the Western Morning News 11th January 1943:
Teignmouth Memory. To perpetuate the memory of his son, Sergt. George Stephen Tusler, who was secretary of Teignmouth St John Ambulance Association, his father (Mr W. Tusler) with other members of his family have presented a cup for competition among the St John Ambulance cadets at Teignmouth.
COMPILATION: Information was gathered by Elaine Calver