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Born: 8th October 1889, Stanaway Green, Essex.

Baptised: 24th November 1889, at St. James Church, Colchester, Essex. Parents: Albert & Alice Maria Tillet.

Died: in the morning of the 23rd April 1917; age 27; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: A Cattle Dealer.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 201498

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly 4439, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:IMG_6758

Bay 4,

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Albert & Alice Tillett, of 43, London Road, Ipswich.




1891   London Road, Stanway, Essex.


Walter was a year old and living with his parents, brother, paternal grandmother & cousin.

Albert Tillett, 25, a Cattle Dealer – employer, born Stoke Holy Cross, Norfolk.

Alice Maria Tillett (nee Barnes), 23, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Albert William Tillett, 2, born Colchester, Essex.

Elizabeth Tillett, 55, living on owns means, born Shottisham, Norfolk.

Maud Ellen Barnes, 14, born Lowestoft, Suffolk.


1901   7, Commercial Road, St. Peter’s, Ipswich.


Walter was 11 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

Albert, 35, a Cattle Dealer – own account.

Alice, 33.

Albert, 12.

Elsie Maud Tillett, 7, born Stanway, Essex.

Arthur Richard Tillett, 5, born Colchester.

Maud, 24, a Barman.


1911   97, London Road, Ipswich.


Walter was 21 years old, a Cattle Dealer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Albert, 45, a Cattle Dealer – employer.

Alice, 43.

Elsie, 17, a Millinery Showroom Assistant.

Arthur, 15.


Soldiers’ Effects to Albert Tillett – father.


AN EXPENSIVE SMOKE – Walter’s father, Albert Tillett, was charged with smoking his pipe in non-smoking areas.

On the 22nd June 1905, Albert Tillett, a cattle dealer, of London Road, did not appear at Ipswich Police Court, before S.R. Anness, Esq. (in the chair), W. Alexander, Esq., W.A. Churchman Esq., and C.E. Tempest, Esq., in answer to a summons charging him with smoking inside a tramcar, contrary to the bye-laws. Albert had boarded outside the Railway Station, and would persist in smoking – notwithstanding the remontrances of conductor Cresswell, who Albert told to go about his business as he was his own master. On the Cornhill, Albert refused to give his name, and he had to be taken to the Police Station before he would divulge it. Mrs. Tillett, who appeared for her husband, said Albert had told her that he was the only passenger at the time, and that he had put out his pipe as soon as the conductor spoke to him about it. Albert was fined 10s. and 11s. costs, or seven days.

On the 8th August 1908, Albert Tillett, a cattle dealer, of Ipswich, was summoned to Witham Court, at Essex, for smoking in a non-smoking carriage on the Great Eastern Railway, on the 26th June, between Chelmsford and Witham. Inspector Backhouse, of the R.S.P.C.A. was travelling from Chelmsford in a non-smoking compartment, and Albert lit his pipe and persisted in smoking, although reminded it was not a smoking compartment. P.c. Bryant, of Maldon, was one of the other travellers in the same compartment, and on arrival at Witham he took Albert’s name and address. Albert, who did not appear, was fined 20s. and 8s. 6d. costs.

 Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion

23rd April Second Battle of the Scarpe

“Zero Hour 4.45 a.m. troops attack on a nine mile front.

4th Battalion the Suffolk’s make a frontal attack on the Hindenburg line.

“The maze of communication trenches between the front and support line , which it was impossible to guard or even watch, afforded the enemy excellent cover during his advance.”

4th Battalion “the enemy counter-attacked vigorously. Two companies being unsupported on their flanks were compelled to fall back.”

350 casualties

Arthur William Cocker
Arthur Coleman

Kenneth Daines Mason
Arthur Charles Palmer-Gowing

Claude Albert Pizzey
John George Race
Herbert Frank Rand
Herbert James Roper
Walter Edward Tillett*
Robert Waspe

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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