TILLEY, John Robert
(Service number 25/1026)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||14 November 1891||Place of Birth||Cardiff, South Wales|
|Address at Enlistment||C/o W. Sargent, Albury|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd Regiment South Canterbury|
|Next of Kin||Mrs S. A. TILLEY (mother), 7 Bute Terrace, Brithwr, Cardiff, South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||3rd Battalion, C Company|
|Date||5 February 1916|
|Transport||Ulimaroa or Mokoia or Navua|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||26 February 1935||Age||43 years|
|Place of Death||Dunedin|
|Notices||Evening Star, 27 February 1935; Otago Daily Times, 27 February 1935|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin|
|Memorial Reference||Block 74S, Plot 31|
|New Zealand Memorials|
John Robert Tilley, born on 14 November 1891 at Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales, was the first born of Frederick and Sarah Ann (Annie) (née Abrahams) Tilley. In 1901 John was at home with his family. By 1911 Only his mother, the two youngest children and an illegitimate daughter were in the family home. It appears that John and his brothers James and Alfred had left the country.
J. R. Tilley passed the medical examination at Timaru in September 1915 and was sworn in for service at the Front. He was a farm hand at Albury when he enlisted. His brothers, James Thomas Tilley and Alfred Tilley, both served with the Canadian forces in World War I, and, like John, named their mother as next-of-kin. James returned to Wales, while Alfred remained in Canada.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of internal Affairs) [27 September 2020]; 1901 Wales census return (ancestry.com.au) [27 September 2020]; UK birth registration [27 September 2020]; Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, headstone image & burial record (Dunedin City Council) [27 September 2020]; Timaru Herald, 14 September 1915, Evening Star & Otago Daily Times, 27 February 1935 (Papers Past) [26 & 27 September 2020]
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