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Bramwell Tillsley

Bramwell Harold Tillsley (August 18, 1931 - November 2, 2019) [1] was a Canadian salvationist and writer, who was the 14th General of The Salvation Army (1993–1994). General Tillsley was Promoted to Glory on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Bramwell Tillsley
14th General of The Salvation Army
In office
July 1993 – May 1994
Preceded byEva Burrows
Succeeded byPaul Rader
18th Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army
In office
Preceded byRon Cox
Succeeded byEarle Maxwell
Personal details
Born(1931-08-18)August 18, 1931
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
DiedNovember 2, 2019(2019-11-02) (aged 88)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s)Mrs General Maude Tillsley (née Pitcher)


The son of Salvationists, he was born in Kitchener, Ontario. His parents had emigrated in 1928 from the United Kingdom. As he grew up, he became a Junior Soldier and a Corps Cadet. He joined a Young People's (YP) Band and then a Senior Band. When he won the honour student award at a music camp for his cornet playing, Maude Pitcher was the runner up. They married each other in 1953. Their first child, Barbara Tillsley, was born the following year. Bramwell and Maude Tillsley entered the training college as cadets in the 'Sword Bearers' session. In 1956, they became officers of The Salvation Army. Upon commissioning, they were appointed corps officers in Windsor, Nova Scotia, followed by Oakville, Ontario. They served for the next six years at the William Booth Memorial Training College in Toronto. Then they became the corps officers of North Toronto Corps. After that, the Tillsleys moved back to the training college so that Tillsley could take up the position of education officer. He went on to become a training officer, first in Newfoundland,[2] then in the USA Eastern Territory.

The Tillsleys were soon promoted to lieutenant-colonel and they moved back to Newfoundland, with Colonel Tillsley appointed as the provincial commander. The position of divisional commander in the Metro-Toronto Division followed, bringing the Tillsleys to home ground. Tillsley became the principal of William Booth Memorial Training College in London, England in August 1981.[3] He was appointed chief secretary of the USA Southern Territory in 1985. He was appointed as the territorial commander, Australia Southern in 1989. Commissioner Tillsley became chief of the staff at the international headquarters in London, England in 1991. He became General in 1993 on the fourth ballot with 29 votes in favour and 19 against.[4] He held this role for only ten months and nine days before stepping down citing health reasons.[citation needed]


  • Life In The Spirit
  • This Mind In You
  • Life More Abundant
  • Manpower For The Master


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  2. ^ "House of Assembly Proceedings". Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. 1993-05-25. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  3. ^ "Bramwell Tillsley". The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  4. ^ Henry Gariepy; Shaw Clifton (2009). Christianity in Action: The Story and Saga of the International Salvation Army. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 102. ISBN 0-8028-4841-9.
Preceded by
Eva Burrows
General of The Salvation Army
Succeeded by
Paul Rader