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Justice Tilly
Born 27 January 1888
Died 5 January 1941
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Years of service 1907 - 1941
Rank Major General
Commands held 1st Tank Brigade
2nd Armoured Division
Awards DSO
Military Cross

Major General Justice Crosland Tilly DSO MC (27 January 1888 – 5 January 1941) was a British Army officer who commanded 2nd Armoured Division.

Military careerEdit

Tilly was commissioned into the Royal Leicestershire Regiment in 1907.[1] He served in East Africa before fighting in World War I.[2] He served on the North West Frontier of India in 1924 before becoming Chief Instructor at the Royal Tank Corps Central School in Bovington in 1935 and then Chief Instructor of the Gunnery Wing at the Amoured Fighting Vehicles School in 1937.[2] He went on to be Commander of 1st Tank Brigade in 1938 and then served in World War II as General Officer Commanding 2nd Armoured Division from May 1940 before being killed in January 1941.[3]


  1. The London Gazette: no. 28090. p. 8779. 17 December 1907. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. Joslen, p. 16
  • Joslen, Lt-Col H.F. (2003) [1st pub. HMSO:1960]. Orders of Battle: Second World War, 1939–1945. Uckfield: Naval and Military Press. ISBN 978-1-84342-474-1. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Frederick Hotblack
GOC 2nd Armoured Division
May 1940–January 1941
Succeeded by
Michael Gambier-Parry

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