Herbert William Tilley

View Herbert William on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Service number:
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Date of birth:
08 March 1894
Date of death:
24 August 1918
Age at Death:
TILLEY Herbert William

Known information

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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  • Uppingham Church
  • Uppingham Memorial
  • Uppingham Memorial 3
  • Daours Communal Cemetery Extension 1
  • Daours Communal Cemetery Extension 2a
  • H W Tilley 1a
  • H W Tilley 3
  • H W Tilley 4
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4 images Some pictures of Mr Tilley's Headstone
By John Stokes on Monday 1st December '14 at 4:22am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
The CWGC Register, which contains the names of all who are buried or commemorated in the cemetery is permanently removed. The grave of Mr Tilley is located close to the Great Cross in plot 5.C.35
By John Stokes on Monday 1st December '14 at 12:11pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
3 images Some pictures of Mr Tilley's headstone, taken on 22 August 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 3:02pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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