Source: Regimental Rouge
George Edwin Tillson
Private, 18th Battalion, C.E.F.
Was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, in 1897. After completing his education he entered the service of British North America in October, 1914. He enlisted December 1st, 1915, his 18th birthday, as a Private in the 135th (Middlesex) Battalion, Canadian Infantry, and arrived in England with his unit in August, 1916. He went to France with a reinforcement draft for the 18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, with which he served until his death, passing unscathed through all the important operations in which his unit was engaged at Vimy, Hill 70, Passchendaele. Ont August 15th, 1918, he was gassed severely during an enemy counter-attack near Amiens. He was evacuated to England for treatment, and there on October 20th, 1918, he died in hospital from pneumonia which had developed from influenza and gas poisoning.
Source: Memorial of the Great War, 1914-1918 : a record of service by Bank of Montreal Published 1921. Page 99.
A few hours after a cable told of the death in England from pneumonia of Pte. Geo. E. Tillson, son of Mrs. Marion Tillson, of 63 Grand avenue, London, Ont., a brother, Norman F. Tillson, died from the same cause in London.
Toronto Star – October 23, 1918