The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Till
First Name:
James John
Nick Name:
Jim or Jimmy
Rank:
Lieutenant
Regimental #:
WX9382
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon, Commanding Officer.
Enlisted:
27.11.1940
DOB:
19.07.1914
Place of Birth:
Guildford, Western Australia
Father's Name:
George Phillip Till
Mothers's Name:
Edith Mary Till
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Regular Soldier
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 28, Row C, Grave 20, Age 27.
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
13.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed on 21.12.1942

General Description

Hanson R, Carlyon W, Till J & Kemp L covered with red dirt when we arrived. Photographer marked Lt Till with a cross for good luck.
Hanson R, Carlyon W, Till J & Kemp L covered with red dirt when we arrived….(assume Darwin). Photographer marked Lt Till with a cross for good luck.

 

 

Lt. J Till was transferred to Special Reserve Battalion, becomming Commanding Officer of No. 2 Platoon.

This Officer rushed at a Japanese light automatic section, the same one that had killed Lieutenant Harry Green at close range. Lieutenant Till was wounded in the shoulder and was pulled back by Sergeant Norm Platts to a position where his wounds could be treated. It is believed that in the confusion of the ambush and during withdrawal from the area that Lieutenant Till came across some more Japanese. His body was discovered at the crossing of a creek and Reformatory Road at Map Reference 763139 by the burial party led by Major Bert Saggers from Sime Road Camp on 21.12.1942.

Major Saggers said “Lt. (Jimmy) J.J. Till’s last known action was, although wounded, to rush a Jap L.A. section and shoot its entire crew with his Bren gun”.

 

Height 5′ 10 1/4″

Jim Till gravestone, Kranji War Cemetery
Jim Till gravestone, Kranji War Cemetery

 

 

 

Till

 

 

Jim’s parents George Phillip Till (b. Liverpool, England) and Edith Mary Morley (b. Katanning, WA) married 1913 Swan Valley.  Their first child and son, James John was born 1914 Guildford.

 

 

Edith Till’s mother died May 1914.

 

 

 

George Till  who was a fitter, enlisted with AIF WW1 August 1915.  Service No. 9128, George joined  2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, as a driver.  He was injured, returned to England for treatment, however was invalided to WA 17 March 1917 and discharged 18 June 1917.   George received a pension.

 

 

 

The Till family later included another son ‘Harry’ and two daughters Charlotte and Beryl.  They continued to reside in the Guildford/Bayswater area.  When Jim enlisted Nov 1940, he was recorded working as a labourer and residing with parents George and Edith at Arundel Street, Bayswater.

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