Captain John Tilly, M C
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Captain John TILLY, MC
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Captain John Tilly, M C

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Captain John TILLY, M C

8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Tobias Harry and Onora Tilly, of Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool, Durham. Killed 8 June 1918. Aged 31.

From the book "Marjorie's War" by Reginald and Charles Fair, the following biographical information is provided on Captain Tilly;-
"John Tilly was born at Seaton Carew, Co. Durham, in 1886. In 1905 he entered Pembroke College, Cambridge, to study law and was admitted to the bar in October 1911. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers on 15 September 1914 but was discharged a week later on taking a commission in the 8th Yorkshires on 22 September 1915. He was promoted to Captain on 19 June 1916. He was wounded by a German shell splinter in Munster Alley on 5 August 1916. Captain Tilly's award of the MC was gazetted on 19 November 1917. He died of wounds received during a trench raid in Italy on 8 June 1918."

John Tilly's photo, and the accompanying biographical notes, were kindly supplied by Paul Stevens, Repton School's Librarian and Archivist. The history of Repton School, and further details of the school, can be found on

Notes from Repton School archives;-
" Born June 14th 1886, the son of Mr Tobias Henry and Mrs Onora Tilly, of Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool, Durham.
Hall 1900 - 1904. Pembroke College, Cambridge; B.A. 1908.
Solicitor. Private, Public School Battalion, 9/14. Second Lieutenant, 8th Yorkshire Regiment, 9/14. Lieutenant, 12/14. Captain, 6/16. France, 8/15 - 11/17. Italy, 11/17 - 6/18. Killed in Action 08/06/18 aged 31 BARENTHAL MILITARY CEMETERY, ITALY."
John Tilly left Repton School in 1900.

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