b. 11/06/1906 Toronto, Ontario, Canada. d. 23/09/1992 Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tilston attended De La Salle College "Oaklands", an all-boys military prep school in Toronto, Ontario and was a graduate of the University Of Toronto and the Ontario College of Pharmacy. Tilston served in The Essex Scottish Regiment in an administrative role. By early 1945, he held the rank of acting Major. During the Battle of the Rhineland, he volunteered to go forward and lead an infantry company in an attack on German positions in the Hochwald Forest just west of the Rhine River.
On 1 March 1945, near Uedem, Germany, he led "C" Company in a 500 yard attack across muddy terrain soaked by recent rain and snow, through barbed wire and enemy automatic weapons fire. After being slightly wounded by shell fragments in the head, he personally destroyed one enemy machine gun position with a hand grenade, and led the men of C company on to a second German line of resistance when he was wounded for the second time in the hip. He struggled to his feet and led his men forward where the Essex Scottish overran the enemy positions with rifle butts, bayonets and knives in close hand to hand combat. While consolidating the Canadian position against German counterattacks and on his 6th trip from a neighbouring unit bringing ammunition and grenades to his company, which had been depleted to about 25% of its usual strength or 40 men, Tilston was wounded for the 3rd time in the leg. He was found almost unconscious in a shell hole and refused medical attention while he organized his men for defence against German counter-attacks, emphasized the necessity of holding the position at all cost, and ordered his one remaining officer to take command. For conspicuous gallantry and steadfast determination in the face of battle, Tilston was awarded the Victoria Cross.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL CANADIAN MILITARY INSTITUTE, TORONTO, CANADA.
BURIAL PLACE: MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY, TORONTO, CANADA. RC SECTION, PLOT 23.
Frederick Tilston's medals on display at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto (from their website).