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Tilbury, Arthur

Captain A. Tilbury, son of John Tilbury, Sheardown House, Oakley, Hants, aged 29, was educated at Andover Grammar School and, as a private pupil by Rev. J. Atkins M.A. He entered Guy’s in October, 1906. He played Association Football for the Hospital for one season, but while doing the appointment of Extern his health broke down and he developed a small tuberculous focus in his right apex, and had to leave the Hospital for a year, during which time under Dr. Fawcett’s kindly supervision and care he recovered and took the Conjoint Diploma in January 1913. He then did Clinical Assistant in the Throat Department and in the Genito-Urinary Department at the same time joining his brother, Mr. F. Tilbury in partnership at Queen’s Road, Peckham. When war broke out he was called up as a reservist in the London University OTC., and was at once given a commission in the R.A.M.C.  he was sent to Canterbury Barracks under Col. W. W. Pope, where he remained for one year. In September 1915, on obtaining his Captaincy he was sent to Egypt, with the Mediterranean Exp. Force, and was stationed at Boulac for over a year and then moved to Kantara. In March of this year he came home on special duty. In May he proceeded overland to a French port with troops and sailed on May 3rd on the transport Transylvania. She was torpedoed and sunk on May 4th in the Mediterranean. Captain Tilbury has been reported ‘missing believed drowned’ by the War Office. 

A great friend has sent us the following appreciation of Captain Tilbury:-

“Guy’s men, scattered among the various expeditionary forces all over the world, will learn with intense regret the loss of Arthur Tilbury by drowning at sea, and much sympathy will be felt for his family, especially Mrs. Edmond who, as Sister Cornelius, rivalled in popularity that of her brother as student. Since leaving Guy’s his manly honest character has endeared him to all those with whom he has come into contact, both in private practice and in the Army.”
“His disposition was of that sunny cheery type which helps so many people ‘along the road’ and, as one who had the honour of being his closest friend, I feel that his death leaves a gap which can never be filled. Truly Guy’s is giving of her best.”

Guy’s Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Numberand Guy’s Hospital Gazette 9 June 1917

Biographical

Surname(s)Tilbury
First name(s)Arthur
Family details

Son of John Tilbury of Harleigh Wallop, Basingtonstoke, Harts

Previous educationQueen's School, Basingstoke
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1906
Dept / courseConjoin
Qualifications

Conjoint Diploma 1913

Military unitR.A.M.C.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsEgypt Sept. 1915-March 1917
Date of death04/05/1917
Age at death29
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathMediterranean
Cause of deathDrowned in the sinking of the Transylvania
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial; Savona Memorial, Italy
Sources

Guy’s Hospital Archives at King’s College; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; London University O.T.C. 1914-1918

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