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William TILLETT

Regimental number5208
Place of birthCallington South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPostman
Address12 Forrest Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Tillett, 12 Forrest Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the advance through and beyond BELLICOURT between the 29th September/1st October 1918 Corporal TILLETT showed much gallantry, courage and devotion to duty. On several occasions he attended to wounded comrades under heavy shell fire. Two of these were very severely hurt and it was undoubtedly due to Corporal TILLETTS' efforts that their lives were saved. He also on his own initiative took forward and established a Lewis Gun Post within 100 yards of the enemy, thus effectively keeping them back and preventing a counter attack which had seemed imminent during the consolidation of our position. His courage in this regard and powers of quick and correct decision were of the greatest value. Corporal TILLETT himself remained with the post encouraging the gun team until ordered to move.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 September 1962

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