Eric Hammond Hanley TILBROOK

Badge Number: S1686, Sub Branch: Clare

TILBROOK, Eric Hammond Hanley

Service Number: 2269
Enlisted: 1 March 1916, Kadina, South Australia
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Clare, South Australia, 1895
Home Town: Clare (SA), Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Printer (later Newspaper owner - Northern Argus)
Died: Natural causes, Clare, South Australia, 28 November 1966
Cemetery: Clare General Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Clare Court Inchiquin No 4122 WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2269, Kadina, South Australia
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2269, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2269, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
28 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 48th Infantry Battalion
1 Jul 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 48th Infantry Battalion
25 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN 2269, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Holly Duthy

Mr Eric H.H. Tilbrook was born in Clare, South Australia in 1895 and died of natural causes on the 28th of November 1966. He was approximtely 5 feet, 9 inches and weighed 142lbs with a chest measurement of 36 inches at enlistment. His next of kin was to be his father Reginald Tilbrook.

He was a soldier of the 48th battalion, A.I.F. He saw service in France, enlisting at the age of 21 years, first as a private then was promoted to a sargeant for two months and then back to being a private for the rest of the time. He trained for 6 months in the officer's training school at Keble College, Oxford University.

He was injured in the war and spent over two years of his life in hospital, six months in the Wandsworth Hospital London and the remainder in the Kenswick Military Hospital. Eric H.H. Tilbrook is the eldest son of Reginald Tilbrook who was the editor and propierter of "Northern Argus" and "Blyth Agriculturist". The Tilbrook family have been strong adherents on the cause of liberalism.