Born: 1885, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.
Died: 2nd December 1914; age 29; Died of Wounds – Gunshot wound to the scrotum – received at Bailleul.
Residence: Attleborough, Norfolk.
First Enlistment Location: Ipswich. Age: 18 years & 7 months; Occupation: Clerk; Date: 11th March 1903; Religion: CofE; Next of Kin: Father – Leonard Tillott of Royal Hotel, Attleborough. Height 5ft 5ins, dark complexion, dark hair & hazel eyes.
Enlisted – Royal Army Medical Corps – Served in India.
Second Enlistment: Location: Ipswich; Date: 1914.
Enlisted – The Rifle Brigade.
Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 9785
Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Leonard Louis Tillott & Anna Tillott of Connaught House, Attleborough, Norfolk.
1891 32, Princes Street, Ipswich.
Leonard was 6 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal aunt.
Leonard Louis Tillott, 35, a Traveller & Boarding Housekeeper, born East Dereham, Norfolk.
Anna Tillott (nee Tillott), 38, born Attleborough, Norfolk.
Walter Leonard Tillott, 9, born Attleborough.
Percy John Tillott, 4, born Ipswich.
Katherine Mary Tillott, 2, born Ipswich.
Emma Tillott, 39, a Domestic Mother’s Help, born East Dereham, Norfolk.
1901 66, London Road, Ipswich.
Leonard was 16 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Leonard, 45, a Hotel Proprietor.
Harry Booty Tillott, 9, born Ipswich.
1911 Borough Lunatic Asylum, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
Leonard was 26 years old, an Asylum Attendant.
Leonard’s father Leonard Louis Tillott died, August 1907.
On the 24th April 1915, Anna Tillott received the return of her late son’s personal belongings:
1 silver watch
1 leather purse
1 packet of letters
Anna of Connaught House, Connaught Plain, Attleborough, not only signed for the package she also wrote a polite note of thanks for the kindness shown to her and all her family.
The British War medal was sent to Anna on the 6th January 1919.
The 1914 Star medal was sent on the 3rd June 1919 and was signed by Anna on the 5th.
The Victory medal was sent on the 8th June 1921.
Norfolk Chronicle Friday 8th January 1915 p1
Information kindly donated by Chris Clarke
NEWS FROM ALL DISTRICTS ATTLEBOROUGH
We regret to record the death of Private Leonard William Tillott, second son of the late Mr. Leonard Tillott, and Mrs. Tillott of Attleborough. ‘Bill’ Tillott, as he was known to his friends in town, was in the Rifle Brigade (1st Battalion) which went out with the Expeditionary Force in August. He had been in active service from that time up to the date of being wounded, and he died of his wounds on December 2nd at the overseas base. The sad news did not reach his relations, however, until December 31st. He had previously served for seven years in India, and had been four years on reserve when he was called upon to rejoin his regiment.
Norwich Mercury Saturday 28th June 1919 p8
DISTRICT NEWS ATTLEBOROUGH
THE 1914 STAR – Mrs. Tillott, of Connaught House, Attleborough, has just received from the War Office the 1914 Star, awarded in recognition of the services rendered by her son, the late Private W. Tillott, of the Rifle Brigade, Expeditionary Force, who was killed in action on December 2nd 1914. Private Tillott was the first of the Attleborough men who fell in action.
Leonard is also remembered on the war memorial under Mental Health at the Town Hall, Ipswich,
and on the war memorial at Attleborough, Norfolk.