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Robert Tilsley

Portrait of Lieutenant Robert Tilsley. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM HU 96745

Portrait of Lieutenant Robert Tilsley. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' …


  • Taitara
  • Ngā ingoa tuatahi
    Robert AWMM
  • Ingoa whānau
    Tilsley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Ingoa kārangaranga
    Bob AWMM
  • Nama hōia
    • 12/472 AWMM
    • 65661 AWMM
  • Ira tangata
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Pono

Tauoranga kirirarau

Te whānautanga

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  • Whānautanga mai
    1 Hakihea 1892 AWMM AWMM
  • Rā i whānau mai ai
  • Wāhi Whānau
  • Tuhinga mō te whānautanga
  • Wāhi noho i mua i te whakaurunga
    WW1 Pre 11 Hereturikōkā 1914 AWMM Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Mahi whai muri i te pakanga
  • Uri kiritahi i te wā o te ekenga waka
    WW1 Mrs Jessie Tilsley (mother), Hobson Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Mēnā he hoa rangatira tōna

Ope taua

Ngā pakanga me ngā whawhai

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  • Pakanga
  • Kauhanga riri
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1st & 2nd Battles of Somme AWMM
    • 1917 AWMM
      Battle of Messines Ridge AWMM
    • 1917 Passchendaele AWMM
  • Te Ope o Tū / te peka
    Army AWMM
  • Nama hōia
    • 12/472 AWMM
    • 65661 AWMM
  • Urunga ki te ope taua
    Auckland Regiment 1st Battalion 1920-1935 AWMM
  • Whakapikinga / Tukunga / Whakawhitinga

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Te Whakangungu me te Urunga atu

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  • Whakangungu ope taua
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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  • Mahi i mua i te ekenga waka
  • Pakeke i te whakaurunga

Te maha o ngā ekenga waka

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Mauhere o te pakanga

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Whakapapa hauora

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  • Tuhinga hauora
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
    Wounded three times: 5 June 1915, 28 September 1916, 7 June 1917. AWMM

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  • Robert Tilsley was an electrical engineer by trade. Robert moved to Rotorua before enlisting for the army in World War I along with his brother Walter (31766). Walter was later killed in France in 1918.

    After the war he was first Commanding Officer (CO) at Papakura Military Camp. In 1926 he married Marjory Lydia Gladys Lou Helps.

    Serving with the Auckland Regiment 1st Battalion 1920-1935 he attained the rank of Lieutenant 8 January 1926; Captain 16 May 1928; Major 23 June 1931 and Lieutenant Colonel 24 June 1935

    He was a Lieutenant Colonel with the New Zealand Temporary Staff from 6 October 1941 for the Northern Military District: an Area Officer, No 4 Area - Hamilton, Area Commander and 11 staff

    He trained the Railway Company for the desert unit during the World War II African campaign.

    "A valiant military man: Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tilsley

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tilsley displayed courage and strategic thinking during the Battle of Passchendaele, and was later presented with a Military Cross and a Distinguished Conduct Medal.

    "For conspicuous gallantry on the night of of the 4th-5th June, 1915, on the occasion of a sortie from Quinn's Post (Dardanelles). An enemy trench had been carried by assault, but was enfiladed by the fire of a machine-gun.

    Sergeant Tilsley commenced to build up a sandbag traverse, and notwithstanding that the sandbags were being constantly blown away by the enemy's bombs, he, with great courage and regardless of danger, continued his efforts until he was severely wounded". London Gazette, 06/09/1915.

    Lieutenant Colonel Tilsley went on to survive the war, despite his wounds at Passchendaele. A photograph of him in uniform was contributed to Online Cenotaph." Coombe, Sophie. Remembering New Zealand’s ‘Darkest Day’ . Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. First published: 10 October 2017. Updated: 12 October 2017. AWMM
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  • Matenga
    18 Paengawhāwhā 1969 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
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  • Wāhi Mate
  • Te momo matenga
  • Tuhipoka mō te matenga
  • Urupā
    Mangere Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Ingoa o te urupā
  • Tohutoro kōhatu urupā
  • Pānui Matenga
    New Zealand Herald, 19 April 1969 AWMM
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Rārangi Ingoa Whai Hōnore

Maumahara Robert Tilsley mā te whakatakoto i te papi

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Waiho atu he poroporoaki, he maumaharatanga ki a Robert Tilsley

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  • Robert Tilsley is my great-grandfather on my mother's side. I stumbled upon this webpage by accident and was so moved reading through all of the information here. So thankful that this information has been so meticulously saved and entered in to the Auckland Museum database to honor true heroes like my great-grandfather. Wounded three times, he was at Gallipoli, I'm so proud to even be related to him. And I was so glad to see the photo of my grandmother (Frances Davey) holding a news clipping regarding her father - what a treasure. Thanks so much for maintaining this archive so that honorable men like my great-grandfather can be memorialized and so their descendants can learn more about the sacrifices they made.
    Public - Andrew - Direct descendant - 19 Haratua 2016

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  • Hononga ki waho
  • Ngā tuhinga
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 727 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald, 19 April 1969 AWMM
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
      8 March 1956, No. 13, p. 309 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      p.262 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.352 AWMM

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