John Pilkington

Name

John Pilkington

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

25/10/1918
45

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
62971
Royal Army Medical Corps
1st Company.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

ALDERSHOT MILITARY CEMETERY
R. 351.
United Kingdom

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

John lived at 11 Middle Row, Stevenage, with his wife Dorcas and their three children, Frederick, Alec and Gladys. His eldest son was serving as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers. John had worked as a ticket collector for Great Northern Railways for 20 years when he joined the Army. He had served for eight years at Hitchin railway station and had also worked for the company in Nottingham. He was a Trade Union official in the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants and spent most of his spare time working for the cause. He also played the organ at the local Roman Catholic Church and was keenly interested in Ambulance work.

Wartime Service

He held a First Aid proficiency medal and, after joining the Army, had spent three years at the school of sanitation in Aldershot. He was one of the first married men from Stevenage to volunteer for the Army and joined up in 1915. His abilities in First Aid made him a prime candidate for the RAMC. He died from the effects of Influenza at Aldershot hospital on the 25th October 1918, having never served overseas.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson