in College 1914-16; son of J.V. Tillett (NSW Crown Solicitor) and Mary Josephine Tillett; at school at King’s and Sydney Grammar; MB BS.
Captain, Australian Army Medical Corps, attached to 7th Australian Field Artillery Brigade, AIF (Mentioned in Despatches); died from the effect of mustard gas, France, 2 Oct 1917, aged 23.
Obituary in The Pauline, by his friend Geoffrey Davy:
John Rowland Tillett … was sent to France on May 4, and for several months had charge of an advanced field dressing station, serving as R.M.O. of the 7th F.A. Brigade. …
The following extract from a letter written by a gunner in the 7th F.A.B., just after Ben’s death speaks for itself: – “You remember, too, ‘Mum’ Tillett. He was medico in our brigade, and died of the effects of gas received in the fighting of September. Nothing was too much trouble for ‘Mum’; he was in the thick of it all the time, using to the best of his ability his medical skill for the alleviation of the hundreds of chaps who came under his care each day. I remember well how hard he worked, night and day, before the battle of September 20th. His dug-out was then just behind our lines.”
We remember “Ben” as a hard worker whose modest disposition covered a keen sense and devotion to duty and considerable strength of character. Publicity he never sought, but quietly and unassumingly he did whatever lay within his power to help his fellows.