Private William Edgar Tilley Jr.

US Army - WW I



Service number: 1216591

106th Machine Gun Battalion - 27th Division

Born: October 1896, Roslyn, New York

Date of death: 31 July 1918 - Age: 22



Buried: Plot C, Row 3, Grave 5 - Flanders Field American Cemetery


William Edgar Tilley  was the 7th of 9 children (7 sisters and 1 brother) of  Tilley William E. Sr and Hutts Caroline.

  1. Elizabeth °1880
  2. Annie °1883
  3. Bertha °1884
  4. Eugene Willard °1889
  5. Mary E. °1890
  6. Harriet °1893
  7. William Edgar °1896
  8. Caroline °1902
  9. Cornelia °1904

His older brother, Willard Eugene, also served in the U.S. Army (306th Infantry) during WW I, survived, and returned home to Long Island.  His grandfather Mr. Tilley, who lived with him, was a veteran of the Civil War.


William graduated from Roslyn High School and worked as  a bookkeeper in Manhattan before he enlisted. 


He acquired his desire to shoulder a gun as a scout in the Roslyn troop of Boy Scouts.  When the war broke out the young man lost no time in enlisting.  He was of athletic mold and looked every inch a soldier.


(Postcard courtesy of the Bryant Library.)


Entered the Federal Service in Brooklyn as a Private in the 8th Coast Artillery.  Served from May 15 till August 5, 1917 with the 8th Coast Artillery, New York National Guards guarding the New York City water supply at Freeport, Long Island.