Leslie Edgecliffe TILNEY

TILNEY, Leslie Edgecliffe

Service Number: NX3856
Enlisted: 20 October 1939
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd/1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia, 2 April 1901
Home Town: Woollahra, Woollahra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Traveller
Died: Illness, Germany, 5 February 1944, aged 42 years
Cemetery: Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany
Section 4, Row B, Plot 11
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Lieutenant, NX3856
20 Oct 1939: Enlisted NX3856, Paddington, Sydney NSW
20 Oct 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, NX3856
5 Feb 1944: Involvement NX3856, 2nd/1st Infantry Battalion, "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Leslie Edgecliffe TILNEY was born on 2nd April, 1901 in Woollahra, Sydney - he stated on his war record he was born in 1907

His parents were Leslie Edward TILNEY & Cordelia Beatrice Lurline WORNER

He first married Marie MORRIS in 1928 in Victoria, 2nd marriage to Queenie Constance BINNEY in 1931 in Western Australia & 3rd marriage to Janet Elizabeth RATTRAY in 1940 in Sydney

Leslie enlisted in Paddington, Sydney on 20th October, 1939 in the Australian Army - his last rank was Lieutenant in the 16th Australian Infantry Brigade (HQ), he was in the 2nd/1st Australian Infantry

He was a German Prisoner of War after being captured defending the island of Crete against the German land & airborne invasion

He died as a Prisoner of War on 5th February, 1944 of illness & is buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery in Germany - his name is also memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Australian Ex Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat & the Roll of Honour in Sydney


His father Leslie Edward TILNEY was a Lieutenant/Colonel who served in both the Boer War and World War 1 - he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and a Volunteer Decoration (VD) & was with the 13th & 16th Infantry & 32st Infantry Battalions (Colonial Auxiliary Forces WW1)

He served in the Boer War as a Lieutenant with the 5th Autralian Commonwealth Horse, A Squadron