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He was the son of John Pilkington and Mary Ann Pilkington (nee Poxon) who were married in Nottingham in 1876. According to the 1911 census they had thirteen children born alive, all of whom were still living at the time of the census. Thirteen children are named on the census between 1891 and 1911, eleven boys and two girls; Arthur, James, John, Albert, Francis (Frank), William, Edward, Evelyn, Frederick (Fred), Ethel A. (Annie), Joseph (Joe), Harry (Henry) and George. In 1891 John and Mary were living at 15 Redoubt Street, Radford; eight children were at home the night of the census; Arthur (14), James (11), Albert (9), Francis (7), William (5), Edward (4), Frederick (2) and Ethel A (1 month). Another son, John, who would have been about 13, was not recorded in the household. They were still at the same address ten years later in 1901 and ten of their children were in the house on the night of the census: John (22), James, Frank (Francis), William, Edward, Evelyn, Annie (Ethel Annie), Joseph (8), Harry (4) and George (2). John senior was working as a tobacco cutter and two of his older sons, James and Edward, were also in the tobacco industry. His son, John, was working on his own account as a 'stable cab' and it is likely that two of his brothers, Frank and William, worked for him as Frank was engaged in stable work while William was a stable lad. The younger children were either at school or pre-school age. Joseph's father, John, died in 1908 and by 1911 the family had split up. Still living at 15 Redoubt Street was one of the older boys, Frank, who was described on the census as the head of household. Frank, a labourer, was married to Alice and they had one child, May, aged one year. Also in the household were six of his siblings; William, Edward, Fred, Joe, Henry and Evelyn. The four older boys were all in work. Their widowed mother, Mary Ann Pilkington, had moved to Trent Lane, Burton Joyce, where she was described as a 'cab proprieteress'. Living with her were her daughter, Annie, a cigar maker, and her youngest son, George, who was still at school. Albert married Ethel Collinson on 10 June 1911, and was the father of Hilda Edna Pilkington (born 20 June 1912). They lived at 1 Dalkeith Terrace, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham. They were still living at the same address at the time of Albert's death in 1920. The notice of his younger brother Joseph's death in 1918 included the information that he was the second son 'to fall' and that eight brothers were still serving. John and Mary had eleven sons and it is likely that their eldest son Arthur, who was born about 1878, had died before the war in 1912 (registered Oct/Nov/Dec) aged 34. Albert served in the Army Service Corps and died in action on 24 March 1918; he left a wife, Ellen, and three children, Evelyn Eleanor, Albert Edward and George Henry. Joseph served in the Yorkshire Regiment and died of pneumonia on 18 October 1918 while serving in India.
He was a tobacco cutter in 1911 and a tobacco storer on enlistment.
13 Aug 1920
92 Hazlewood Road Nottingham.
Royal Garrison Artillery
He enlisted 4 December 1915 (almost certainly under Lord Derby's Scheme) and was mobilised on 30 May 1916. He had a brief period in hospital in 196 and was also given leave in the UK in October 1917. On 5 November 1918 he was on fatigue work in an occupied region and was hit by shrapnel receiving a wound to his head and a fractured left hand. He was initially treated in a military hospital in Rouen, but was then evacuated to England on 16 December 1918. He was initially treated at Charing (-) Hospital but was discharged from there on 23 January 1919 after 38 days to Queen's Gate Hospital, Queen's Gate, London. He was discharged from Queen's Gate Hospital on 25 March when he was discharged from the Army IAW Para 392(xvi) KR, with 'gunshot wounds to the head and hand caused by service'. He was granted a conditional pension which took into account his impaired physical health (Chelsea Number MRD 15433). He died in the Nottingham Military Hospital and is buried in Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery.
Probate: Pilkington Edward of 1 Dalkeith-terrace Gregory boulevard Nottingham tobacco stover died 13 August 1920 at the Military Hospital Nottingham Administration Nottingham 10 August to Ethel Pilkington widow. Effects £392 15s 8d.
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