Henry Fenton (Fenn) PILLOW MM


PILLOW, Henry Fenton

Service Number: 568
Enlisted: 2 March 1915, C Squadron Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Geelong, Victoria, 5 March 1893
Home Town: Geelong, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Newton State School, Flinders State School, Geelong College & Dookie Agricultural College
Occupation: Student
Died: Died of wounds, France, 18 August 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot V, Row A, Grave 12, Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Daours, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geelong College WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 568, 13th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron Melbourne
28 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 568, 13th Light Horse Regiment
28 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 568, 13th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Persic, Melbourne
12 Jun 1917: Honoured Military Medal, For conspicuous gallantry
26 Jul 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 24th Infantry Battalion
18 Aug 1918: Involvement Private, SN 568, 24th Infantry Battalion
18 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 568, 24th Infantry Battalion, Shell wounds to right buttock

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Henry Fenton PILLOW was born on 5th March, 1893 in Geelong, Victoria

His parents were Henry PILLOW from Armagh, Ireland and Harriet Amelia FAIRMANfrom Donegal, Ireland who were living at "Minerva, Laurel Bank Parade, Geelong - they married on 2nd May 1882 in the Church of England in Shepparton, Victoria 

He had previous service for 5 years in the Senior Cadets and 2 years & 4 months in the Light Horse at Geelong & was a Trooper in the 11th Light Horse until 1913 and prior to that a cadet in Captain Rushalls Mounted Cadets before he enlisted in Melbourne on 2nd March, 1915 & embarked with the 13th Light Horse Regiment (C Squadron) on the ship Persic on 28th May, 1915

He served as an infantryman at Gallipoli until the Evacuation and then went to France

Henry died of wounds on 18th August, 1918 at the 55th Casualty Clearing Station and is buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension

The inscription on his headstone reads:



His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial 

On 12th June, 1917 while still with the 13th Light Horse he was awarded a Military Medal

"At Niorchies, France on the morning of 15th April, 1917 during an enemy attack on Lagincourt and Louverval, Trooper Pillow displayed conspicuous gallantry in carrying out his duties as Mounted Despatch Rider attached to the Signal Service of the 3rd Australian Infantry Brigade.  

He carried important despatches under very heavy shell fire to the Battalions in the line, most of the ground over which he had to work being in full view of the enemy. 

From 13th to 27th April, 1917 , he continued to carry out similar duties, frequently under very hazardous conditions in a conspicuously gallant and able way" Source:  Commonwealth Gazette No. 189 dated 8th November, 1917

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.


His brother Roy Nelson PILLOW (SN 14061) who was a Cadet with the Australian Flying Squadron (7th Squadron) died 6 days after Henry on 24th August, 1918 in an aeroplane accident


OBITUARY from Herald, Melbourne, 7th September, 1918 page 16


Within one week, Mr. & Mrs H Pillow of Geelong, have lost two soldiers sons on active service.

Trooper Henry Fenton Pillow, M.M. (13th Vic. Light Horse is reported to have died of wounds on August 18.  He served in the Gallipoli campaign and later in France where he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field

His younger brother, Cadet Roy N Pillow, late of the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, France is reported to have been accidentally killed on August 24, whle flying in an aeroplane in England (Leighterton)