The Rev’d William M Goggs came to Tillington in early 1911. He had a wonderful habit of making observations in the margins of each page of the church service record; very rough weather Dec 10th 1911 - Dec 24th 1911. Late May 1912 School closed on account of whooping cough. In April 1912 Tillington was suffering a severe drought that continued into May. During this period the vicar regularly prayed for rain at his Sunday services. It seems that his prayers were not answered until 2 June when his margin notes record very wet, but it was not until the following Sunday that his plea for rain was really taken seriously. He records no service too wet. Happily a month later he was able to record very hot weather.
The Great War began in August 1914 and the Parish of Tillington soon gave up its young men to the Western Front and beyond, so the pre-war life of this close-knit community began to ebb away. The large houses lost many of their servants and farmers lost not only their farm hands but also most of their horses. Girls lost their amorous companions and for some, walks in Petworth Park would never be the same again while soldiers’ families would dread the steps of the telegram boy. Then the whole community would share their grief and rally round because, even today, that is what a community does best.
In addition to farming, the 1908 Kelly's Directory provides a picture of other activities in the village. Amongst the notable residents, the Directory shows Lt Col Brackley Barrington-Kennett living at Tillington House. This is the earliest record of the family being resident in the village. Their eldest son Basil joined the Grenadier Guards in 1906 and later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. In 1911 on one memorable Sunday afternoon 'Mr Basil' flew his aircraft from Aldershot and, after circling around Petworth Church several times landed safely in the ten-acre field below Tillington House. News spread quickly through the village and it is said that people rushed from church to see their first ever aeroplane and many signed their names on the wings.