Leslie Edward TILNEY DSO, MiD

TILNEY, Leslie Edward

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 21 April 1902
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Tinonee, Manning River, New South Wales, 3 March 1870
Home Town: Applecross, Western Australia
Schooling: Hale School, Western Australia
Occupation: Telegraphist
Died: Natural causes (heart failure), Perth Hospital, Western Australia, 21 January 1937, aged 66 years
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Western Australia
Anglican Section ZC, Section 0083
Memorials: Wembley Downs Hale School Honour Roll 1, Wembley Downs Hale School Memorial Grove
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Boer War Service

21 Apr 1902: Enlisted Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents
22 May 1902: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse, Transport ship Columbian from Woolloomooloo wharf, Sydney

World War 1 Service

1 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Officer, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
14 Oct 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Major
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Major, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Major, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
20 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel
30 Nov 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Officer

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

Colonel Tilney DSO VD was the League's Nominee on the Repatriation Commission from 1/7/1923 to 31/10/1935.

Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Leslie Edward TILNEY was born on 3rd March, 1870 at Tinonee, Manning River, NSW

His parents were George E TILNEY and Isabella Chloe BENJAMIN who had married in 1858 at Manning River - his Mother died in 1934 in Taree, NSW

Leslie married Cordelia Beatrice Lurline WARNER in 1898 in Sydney - she was previously married in 1893 to William CRONIN - Cordelia died on 13th April, 1951 in South Yarra, Victoria.

He was living in Woollahra in Sydney when he enlisted on 2nd April, 1902 to serve in the 2nd Boer War - he was with the 5th Australian Commonwealth Horse who embarked from Sydney on 22nd May, 1902 on the Transport ship Columbian - he also served in the AIR in India in 1908/1909

Leslie returned from South Africa and re-enlisted for WW1 on 1st October, 1914 - he was then living in Applecross in Western Australia and was appointed as a Major with the 16th Battalion Headquarters on 1st October, 1914 - they embarked on the ship Ceramic on 22nd December, 1914

He was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant Colonel on 28th June, 1915 to 26th August, 1915 and Commanding Officer of the 13th Battalion on 2nd July, 1915 & to Lieutenant Colonel on 20th February, 1916 & returned to Australia on 11th October, 1916 on the ship Orsova due to ill health - his appointment was terminated on 30th November, 1916 and he was transferred to a Reserve of Officers on 16th September, 1923 - he retired as a Colonel on 3rd March, 1930

He was awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers Decoration in the Boer war & the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal for WW1 - he was also awarded the Volunteers Decoration for his work as Deputy Chairman of the Repatriation Commission

Leslie was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for service at Gallipoli in 1915 and was Mentioned in Dispatches (MID) in 1915

He died on 21st January, 1937 in Perth Hospital, Western Australia of Heart Failure & is buried in Karrakatta Cemetery in WA


His son Leslie Edgecliffe TILNEY (NX3856) was a Lieutenant in the 16th Australian Infantry Brigade and died of Illness in Germany on 5th February, 1944