Sub Lieutenant Arthur Walderne St. Clair Tisdall, VC

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Sub Lieutenant Arthur Walderne St. Clair Tisdall, VC

Birthplace: Girgaum, Bombay, India
Death: May 06, 1915 (24)
nr Krithia, Gallipoli, Turkey (WW1 Casualty, KIA)
Immediate Family:

Son of William St. Clair Tisdall, DD and Marian Louisa Tisdall
Brother of Irene Mary St. Clair Tisdall; 2nd Lieut. John Theodore St. Clair Tisdall; Captain Edward Gordon St. Clair Tisdall, MC and Francis Royston St. Clair Tisdall

Occupation: 1911 - 20, Student;
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About Sub Lieutenant Arthur Walderne St. Clair Tisdall, VC

British India Office Ecclesiastical Returns- Births & Baptisms

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  • First name(s) Arthur Walderne St Clair
  • Last name Tisdall
  • Birth year 1890
  • Birth date 21 Jul 1890
  • Baptism year 1890
  • Baptism date 3 Sep 1890
  • Place Girgaum (Mission Church)
  • Presidency Bombay
  • Father's first name(s) William St Clair
  • Father's last name Tisdall
  • Mother's first name(s) Marian Louisa
  • Mother's last name -
  • Archive reference N-3-64
  • Folio 370
  • Page -
  • Catalogue descriptions Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bombay, 1709-1948


Rank: Sub-Lieutenant
Date of Death: 06/05/1915
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Anson Bn. R.N. Div.
Awards: V C
Panel Reference: Panel 8 to 16.
Additional Information: Son of Rev. Dr. Tisdall, D.D. (Vicar of Deal), and his wife, Marian L. Tisdall, of St. George's Vicarage, Deal, Kent. Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge; B.A. (Double First Class Classical Honours); Chancellor's Gold Medallist, Cambridge; First Class Clerk, Civil Service (Treasury).

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 29530, dated 31st March, 1916, records the following:-

"During the landing from the S.S. " River Clyde " at V Beach, in the Gallipoli Peninsula, on the 25th April, 1915, Sub. Lieut. Tisdall, hearing wounded men on the beach calling for assistance, jumped into the water, and, pushing a boat in front of him, went to their rescue. He was, however, obliged to obtain help, and took with him on two trips, Ldg. Smn. Malia; and on other trips, Ch. P.O. Perring and Ldg. Smn. Curtis and Parkinson. In all, Sub. Lieut. Tisdall made four or five trips between the ship and the shore, and was thus responsible for rescuing several wounded men under heavy and accurate fire. Owing to the fact that Sub. Lieut. Tisdall and the platoon under his orders were on detached service at the time, and that this officer was killed in action on the 6th May, it has only now been possible to obtain complete information as to the individuals who took part in this gallant act. Of these, Ldg. Smn. Fred Curtis, DEV/1899/C, has been missing since the 4th June, 1915." (Since confirmed "missing in action", commemorated on the Helles Memorial).



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Sub Lieutenant Arthur Walderne St. Clair Tisdall, VC's Timeline

July 21, 1890
Girgaum, Bombay, India
September 3, 1890
Girgaum, Bombay, India
May 6, 1915
Age 24
nr Krithia, Gallipoli, Turkey