Sydney Thomas "Tilly" Tilbrook, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


June 6, 1889

Born to James and Dora Louisa (nee Brown) Tilbrook at Maidstone Kent, England


Mar 10, 1914

Married to Mary Pryce at Stratford Ontario


Aug 23, 1915

Attested into the 34th Battalion at Strafford Ontario 

Ø      Number 603052 (original number A/3835)

o       The Battalion’s Embarkation Roll shows his number as 403052, as do some of the documents in his file.  403052 was originally on the Attestation Papers, but that was overwritten to show 603052.  Both the 403xxx and the 603xxx numbers were used by the 34th Battalion

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary Tilbrook, wife, of Devon St, Stratford Ontario

o       Later the address was changed to 34 Kingsley Road, Maidstone, Kent, England.  It was further changed to read 106 Morehall Ave, Folkestone, Kent, then to 337 North Queen St, Belfast Ireland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Gardener

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Oct 23, 1915

Embarked the SS California at Quebec City, Quebec



Nov 1, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott


Mar 24, 1916

On Command to the 10th Brigade Machine Gun Company


Mar 30, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital, where surgery was performed to repair a Hernia


Apr 18, 1916

Granted leave until April 28, 1916, after which he was to return to the hospital


May 2, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 26, 1916

Attended the Recruit Class, CMS (Canadian Musketry School) at Shorncliffe


Aug 20, 1916

Transferred to the 75th Battalion


Aug 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 75th Battalion


Oct 7, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 8, 1916

TOS the 21st Battalion 

On joining the 21st Battalion, he was assigned to “B” Company


Jan 1, 1917

At duty from the Lewis Gun Course


Jan 17, 1917

Admitted to a CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a slight wound


Jan 18, 1917

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Mar 1, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA suffering from the effects of Drift Gas


Mar 3, 1917

Transferred to the CRS (Canadian Rest Station) then discharged to duty 

The same day he was admitted to the No 4 CFA


Apr 14, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Elms 141902, who had been promoted


May 7, 1917

Discharged to duty


May 20, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA then transferred to No 11 CFA with accidental bomb wounds that were deemed to be slight 

He had been taking apart an old French bomb when it exploded in his hands and he received wounds to his face and hands


May 21, 1917

Transferred to No 58 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


May 29, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 9, 1917

Admitted to No 1 CFA diagnosed with an infected left knee joint


Jun 14, 1917

Discharged to duty


Jun 20, 1917

Tried by FGCM (Field General Court Martial) for causing a self-inflicted wound.  He was found not guilty and the incident was recorded as an accidental wound. 

A witness at the Court Martial was L/Cpl M Brant, 455599, who was present when the incident took place


Aug 24, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Sep 28, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay to replace Cpl McNab 59737, who had been promoted 

Although at a later date, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl McNab, it was made effective on this date


Oct 27, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt Kaulback 469024, who had been admitted to hospital in England while on leave


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from attachment


Dec 27, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 13, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Oct 11, 1918

Received a gun shot wound to his left side and was admitted to the CFA then transferred to No 22 CCS


From the 21st Battalion War Diary


Oct 12, 1918

He died from his wounds at the No 22 CCS

Bucquoy Road Cemetery
Ficheux France


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31142



May 18, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following were sent to the family 

To his wife, Mrs Mary Crocket, at 112 Victoria St, Kingston Ontario 

Military Medal

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny)


Memorial Cross 

To Mrs Louisa Tilbrook, mother, at 47 Melville Road, Maidstone, Kent, England 

Memorial Cross


The following appeared in the Communiqué (the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter)
in the January 1967 issue

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