The Soldier's Details

First Name:
James John
Nick Name:
Jim or Jimmy
Regimental #:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon, Commanding Officer.
Place of Birth:
Guildford, Western Australia
Father's Name:
George Phillip Till
Mothers's Name:
Edith Mary Till
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Regular Soldier
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:
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, becoming 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 his shoulder and 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.   This was near where today’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Clubhouse stands.
His body was after the war, moved to Kranji War Memorial.
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”.
Wally Holding said of Jimmy Till  ‘hell of nice bloke.’

Till was well liked and popular 2/4th soldier.

From Singapore’s Historic Tours ……..
Please read the story of Jimmy Till 
Lt Till wounded 11 Feb 1942, Laurie Kearney reports he had heard Lt Till been taken to hospital and that he never saw him again.


3 fellow soldiers reported that Lt Till died at Alexandria Hospital some time between 14 -15 Feb 1942




















3 fellow 2/4th soldiers report Lt Till died at Alexandria Hospital – cause unknown. Believed to be either by being bayoneted or bombed.

























Height 5′ 10 1/4″

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







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 had 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.