Educated privately in Great Britain.
Hessell Tiltman entered journalism (1918) as editorial assistant on the National News, a British Sunday newspaper. Went to New York (1920) as a foreign correspondent. Returning to London, was appointed an editor on the Amalgamated Press, a position which he continued to hold until coming to Japan (1934) as correspondent for the London Daily Express.
Traveled widely between the wars in Europe and Asia and was war correspondent with both the Japanese and Chinese armies in China (1937-1938). Was correspondent with the Franco forces in Nationalist Spain (1938-1939). Was correspondent of the Daily Express in Eastern Europe and the Balkans (1939). Appointed chief United States correspondent and White House correspondent for Kemsley Newspapers of London (1940).
Returned to Japan following the termination of the Pacific war as correspondent for the London Daily Herald and received appointment with the Manchester Guardian (1951). Author of "The Far East Comes Nearer'', "Uncensored Far East", "Nightmares Must End", "Manchuria: The Cock pit of Asia".