Major Fred Albert Tilston
Born: June 11, 1906, Toronto, Ontario
Allegiance: Canadian Army
Years of Service: 1940 – 1945
Unit: The Essex Scottish Regiment
Awards: Victoria Cross
Died: September 23, 1992 (aged 86) Toronto, Ontario
Buried at: Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery
Frederick Albert Tilston, VC (June 11, 1906 – September 23, 1992) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Tilston attended De La College “Oakland”, an all-boys military prep school in Toronto, Ontario and was a graduate of the University of Toronto and the 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 lead an infantry company in an attack on German positions in the Hochwald Forest just west of the River.
For conspicuous gallantry and steadfast determination in the face of battle, Tilston was awarded the Victoria Cross.
In 1945, Tilson joined the War Amps Association. He also returned to his former place of business as vice-president in charge of pharmaceutical sales. He resided in Toronto, Ontario until his death on the 23rd of September 1992.
When it was time to replace the outdated Windsor Armoury in downtown Windsor, the new armoury was named after Major F. C. Tilston, VC. This new armoury was opened in 2004 and also includes a police and military training centre.