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John William TILDEN

Regimental number1266
Place of birthCootamundra New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWheeler
AddressCornish Row, Minmi, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, A George Tilden, Cornish Row, Minmi, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of the SOMME, east of HAMEL, on 8th August, 1918. During the attack on ACCROCHE WOOD and afterwards Lance Corporal TILDEN displayed great personal bravery and devotion to duty in mopping up dugouts and securing prisoners. He was in charge of a Lewis Gun Section and handled it with great skill. He arrived on the final objective with his Section intact right under the barrage. He captured in small parties 20 prisoners after heavy fighting. His was a very fine example of determined leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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