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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). Albert was not at home on the night of the census and as he took part in the South African Campaign, probably with the South Notts Hussars, he may have been serving abroad at the time. John Pilkington senior died in 1908 and for details of other family members in 1911 see record for Joseph Pilkington. Albert married Ellen (Nellie) Briggs on 7 July 1906. They were to have three children; Evelyn Eleanor (b.1907), Albert Edward (b. 908) and George Henry (b. 1913). In 1911 Albert and Ellen were living at 2 Westville Street, Radford, with their two eldest children, Evelyn and Albert. Also in the household was a boarder, Robert Meakin (21), a baker. Albert's youngest son, George Henry, was born two years later in 1913. When Albert enlisted in 1915 he gave his address as 54 Garden Street, Radford, although a document in Albert's service record dated November 1919 gives his widow's address as 6 Ivanhoe Terrace, Russell Street, Nottingham. His widow, Ellen (Elizabeth Ellen), married Albert Stretton Jackson in 1920 (marriage registered Jan/Feb/Mar). His brother, Joseph, died of pneumonia in India on 18 October 1918 and the notice of his death includes 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. Another brother, Edward, who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery, died on 13 August 1920 as a result of shrapnel injuries received in France in November 1918. He left a wife and daughter and is commemorated on the John Player memorial although his name is not recorded on CWGC.
He was a cab man in 1911 and gave his occupation as chauffeur when he enlisted in 1915.
24 Mar 1918
580290 - CWGC Website
54 Garden Street, Radford.
Royal Army Medical Corps
MT attached 43rd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. He attested at the age of 33 years and 2 months and his limited engagement was reckoned from 19 March 1915. He joined at Grove Park the following day, 20 March 1915. He then served at home until 9 May when he joined the BEF (France). He was attached to the 43rd Field Ambulance and was appointed acting corporal on 21 August 1915. His conduct sheet shows that while he was in France he was charged with just one offence; on 28 June 1916 he was charged with 'irregular conduct' having failed to report an accident to his car, for which he was reprimanded. He was killed in action and is buried in Noyon New British Cemetery. He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He also served in the South African campaign.
Probate: 'Pilkington Albert of 54 Garden-street Nottingham died 24 March 1918 at France on active service Administration Nottingham 18 January (1929) to Elizabeth Ellen Jackson (wife of Albert Stretton Jackson) and Evelyn Eleanor Pilkington spinster. Effects £312 12s.' Note: Elizabeth Ellen Jackson, formerly Pilkington - widow; Evelyn Eleanor Pilkington - daughter.
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