Regimental number12/472
Date of birth1 December 1892
Place of birthAuckland
OccupationElectrical engineer
Marital statusSingle
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jessie Tilsley, Hobson Street, Auckland
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.

Military Cross

'For gallantry and devotion to duty, on the night of 26th September 1916, he obtained a full report on the wire in front of Grid Trench. On the 27th September, he went out to clear up the situation on the left flank and although wounded in the leg he crawled forward and obtained the necessary information.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 3 June 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the night of the 4th/5th June, 1915, on the occasion of a sortie from Quinn?s Post (Dardanelles). An enemy trench had been carried by assault, but was enfiladed by the fire of a machine gun. Sergeant Tilsley commenced to build up a sandbag traverse, and notwithstanding that the sandbags were being constantly blown away by the enemy's bombs, he, with great courage and regardless of danger, continued his efforts until he was severely wounded.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 6 September 1915

'For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty. Field Marshal D. Haig. Commander in Chief the British Armies in France, despatch dated 9th April 1917.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 1 June 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 31766 Walter Alexander TILSLEY
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body
Date of death18 April 1969 Auckland
Age at death76
Place of burialMangere Public Cemetery, Auckland

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