TILLEY, John Robert
(Service number 25/1026)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 14 November 1891 Place of Birth Cardiff, South Wales

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o W. Sargent, Albury
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience 2nd Regiment South Canterbury
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs S. A. TILLEY (mother), 7 Bute Terrace, Brithwr, Cardiff, South Wales
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Stock agent


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

Biographical Notes

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 ( [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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