Charles TILBEE


TILBEE, Charles

Service Number: 1977
Enlisted: 4 March 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Canterbury, England, 1893
Home Town: Midland Junction, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 July 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Sp Mem 10, Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Midland Church of The Ascension Honour Roll, Midland WW1 Clock Tower & Town Hall Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1977, 12th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1977, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
1 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1977, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Fredrick and Catherine Alice TILBEE, Harper Street, Midland Junction, Western Australia

There are few families in Western Australia who have seen their duty and done it in the present crisis to the same extent as that of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Tilbee, of Harper street, Midland Junction. And few indeed there are who have suffered so terribly. Four sons have volunteered for service in the Army and Navy, and of these the three who were in the land forces are either killed or missing. One—Walter—was at the historic landing on Gallipoli, where, with so many brave comrades, he was posted as 'missing.'. The news that Charlie, the eldest of the three soldiers (though he was only 23) had been killed in action in France came to the parents in August, and even at the time that sad intelligence was being conveyed to them the third son, George, was also lying dead 'somewhere in France.' When, in due course, that also was announced to the stricken parents, it seemed almost unbelievable that sorrow should be so heaped on sorrow. The fourth son, Elmer, is in the Navy.
And families that have sent none of their members to defend the privileges we enjoy prate of "equality of sacrifice !" What a hollow mockery it is.