Date of birth: 1892 (Q2)
Parents: George and Jane Susanna Tilsley
Address: 4 Woodwards Court, West Rock Saltisford
William was baptised on July 3rd 1892 at St Paul’s in Warwick. He was George and Jane Tilsley’s first child. They were living at 5 Theatre Street and George was working as a labourer.
At the time of the 1901 census, the family were living at 4 Edwards Court, Market Street, Warwick. George was a licensed hardware hawker on his own account and there were 4 children: William (8), Mary (6), Joseph (4) and Harold (2)
By the 1911 census, the family was living at 4 Woodwards Court, West Rock, Saltisford and there had been another child, Elsie May (7). They also had a boarder living in the house. George was a “general dealer” and William was working as a greenkeeper.
Jane Susannah lived until July 1947 and is buried in Warwick’s Birmingham Road cemetery.
William’s younger brother, Harry, was killed on the Somme in 1918. Their brother Joseph went on to marry and live with his family in Warwick and he, his wife and two daughters are buried near their mother.
Rank & Number: Rifleman, 5480
Regiment/Service: Prince Consort's Own 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade
Brigade/Division: 25th Brigade, 8th Division
Date of death: Tuesday, June 15, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Nord
Awards: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Pauls Church
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