Rank, service number and regiment
Private 36215 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment
Taunton. Precise date unknown.
Myrtle Cottage, Folly Road, K.E. confirmed by Ron Parsons in 2018. Ron Parsons lived in Myrtle Cottage with his parents and Henry Tilley was his uncle.
Date of death
9 August 1918
Age of death
Circumstances of death
The 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment were engaged in pushing back the Germans in north-east France at Hinges.
The Germans employed small gas shells and machine-gun fire, which injured and killed many soldiers including Henry. He was evacuated back to a Casualty Clearing Station at Pernes, France but died of his wounds.
Pernes British Cemetery, France III B 3, commenced in 1918 for the burial of soldiers from Casualty Clearing Stations nearby.
Date of birth & full name
August 11th 1899. HENRY JAMES TILLEY
Unknown, as he was recorded as a schoolboy in 1911 census.
Henry’s father was John Thomas Tilley, killed in action 16 September 1916. He was a farm/withy labourer. His mother Sarah Tilley (nee Marks) was a glove machinist.
Spouse & children
Henry was unmarried
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Henry had two sisters:
Annie Louise Tilley 1900 – 1987 married George England in 1922.
Beatrice Dora Tilley 1911 – 1994 married Stanley William George Parsons in 1928.
Beatrice Dora Tilley is the mother of Ron Parsons, who has provided us with family information.
Photographs of Henry, his Victory Medal, Scroll and Bronze Plaque came to us through an ebay seller, who had obtained them all at an auction. We were first contacted via Facebook by a collector of First World War medals belonging to family groups. He had seen the medals on ebay and was interested in finding out if they were all from the same family. There are three Tilleys on our war memorial. We asked the ebay seller if he would send us photos of his collection, which he very kindly did. Although the medals are now lost to the family, we have given copies of the digital photos back to Ron Parsons, his nephew. Without a Facebook presence, we would never have obtained these photographs.
Henry’s father was John Thomas Tilley, who was also killed in WW1. James Tilley, killed at the Battle of Jutland, is not closely related.
The photo below shows the Bronze Plaque, known as the Dead Man’s Penny, belonging to Henry Tilley.