Herbert William Tilley, the only son of Herbert Tilley, of Queen Street, Uppingham was born on 8 March 1894. He was a butcher before enlisting in Uppingham on 29 March 1916 and went to the Western Front the same year, serving with 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He fought in numerous battles and was once buried by a shell explosion which led to blood poisoning. He was also gassed, before on 24 August 1918, he was shot in the head. He died at No. 53 Casualty Clearing Station and is buried at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, near Amiens, grave V.C.35. His Company Sergeant Major wrote that he was hit by a sniper while he was putting a magazine on his Lewis gun. "He was a very good soldier, and one that could be relied upon at all times to do his duty." The letter continues: "And I cannot remember even one occasion of him grumbling at any work he had to perform. As regards being a 'fighter' he was one of the best, and a capable man with his Lewis gun." Herbert is remembered on Uppingham's war memorial.
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