3265 Private William Herbert Tilley
23rd Battalion Australian Infantry
28th March 1918
Born in Port Melbourne,Victoria ,Australia in 1892.His parents were John George and Marion Tilley.
In both the 1914 & 1915 Australian census' the family were recorded as living at Greensborough, a subdivision of Diamond Creek, Victoria.
William was employed as a Labourer and his father as a foreman.
He enlisted in Melbourne,Victoria on 21/07/1915,giving his employment as of factory hand and living at 34 Green Street Victoria.
His medical carried out on the same day recorded the following details;
Height 5ft 4 1/2 inches.Weight 10st 2lbs.Chest Measurement 36/37 inches.Complexion fair.Eyes blue.Hair light brown.
He was recorded as having a mole on his right breast ,right shoulder and 4 on his back.He also had a scar on his left kneecap.
His religion was Church of England.
He embarked from Australia to Egypt on 26/11/1915 aboard Zeitoun.
On 23/02/1916 he was allotted and was proceeding to join 58th Infantry Battalion A.I.F. from 6th Training Brigade.
Taken on strength from reinforcements 23rd Battalion in Tal-El-Kebir.
Transferred to 59th Battalion on 12/03/1916.
Sick to hospital on 28/03/1916.
Admitted to Pyrexia,Tal-El-Kebir transfers to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital on 28/03/1916.
Proceeded to join B.E.F on 09/05/1916 aboard Scotian.
Disembarked from Scotian in Marseilles,France on 18/05/1916.
Marched in & T.O.S. Etaples on 05/06/1916.
Marched out from 2nd Australian Divisional base to join unit on 31/07/1916.
Taken on strength 23rd Battalion on 03/08/1916.
To hospital sick 04/12/1916.
Admitted to ambulance train on 06/12/1916 from 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital.
Admitted to 6th General Hospital ,Rouen with influenza on 07/12/1916.
Transferred to No.2 Convalescence Depot,Rouen on 13/12/1016.
Marched in to 2nd Divisional base,Etaples on 08/01/1917.
Marched out to join unit on 04/02/1917.
Rejoined 23rd Battalion from hospital on 05/02/1917.
Wounded in action on 03/05/1917.
Admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with gunshot wounds(GSW) to left shoulder on 04/05/1917.
Admitted with GSW to left shoulder to No.2 Convalescence Depot,Rouen on 05/05/1917.
Admitted to 1st General Australian Hospital ,Rouen on 10/05/1917.
Invalided to England on 17/05/1917.
Admitted to Grove Road Military Hospital,Richmond on 18/05/1917.
Marched in from furlough to No.1 Command Depot on Perham Downs on 23/06/1917.
Classified as B1A(able to march 5 miles and see to shoot with glasses and hear well and stand active service conditions)
Reclassified as B1A4(as above but also fit for active service)
Sick to Brigade Hospital with influenza on 03/09/1917.
Marched in from Brigade Hospital to No.1 Command Depot ,Perham Downs on 07/09/1917.
Marched out to overseas(France) via Southampton ex Sandhill Camp Longbridge Deverill on 14/02/1918.
Marched in from England to No.2 A.I.B.D. Le Havre on 15/02/1918.
Marched out to join unit on 17/02/1918.
Rejoined 23rd Battalion from wounded on 23/02/1918.
Killed in action 28/03/1918.
At the time of his death,his family had moved to 52 Marshall Street ,Ivanhoe,Victoria.
His effects were sent to his father aboard the Barunga on 21/06/1918 in case number 1135.These items were;
Disc,Metal Chain,Wallet,Letters,Photos,Cards,Pencil,Wound Stripe and also a Wristwatch(damaged).
His father received his Memorial scroll and Kings message on 17/11/1921.
His mother collected his Memorial Plaque on 15/11/1922.
His father was informed on 13/08/1926 of his original resting place in Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery,Plot 1 Row K,Grave 11.
His father received a letter from Officer i/c of base records on 01/07/1930. It read,
"IWGC unable to acquire the Chateau Rosenberg Military cemetery so all war graves removed to Royal Berks Extension Ploegsteert.
Unfortunately the graves of 5 men could not be located during the course of exhumation & the commission has reluctantly come to the conclusion that the original surface markers were obliterated by shell fire thereby".