Astley Ford PILKINGTON

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PILKINGTON, Astley Ford

Service Number: 176
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: St Peters, South Australia, 30 November 1895
Home Town: Mitcham, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Wellington Road Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, 15 May 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave (at sea - HS Gascon)
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gilberton Soldiers Memorial Swimming Reserve, Kingscote Kangaroo Island WW1 Roll of Honour, Kingscote War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 176, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 176, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 176, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
15 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 176, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Private Astley Ford Pilkington was 20 years of age and British born. His father Ernest and his mother Christine and two sisters reside at Blythwood, George Street, Lower Mitcham, and his only brother (Mr. R. E. B. Pilkington) lived at Warwick street, Walkerville.

Astley was hospitalised for influenza on 21 February 1915 before being discharge on 6 March 1915. He joined his unit in action at Gabe Tepe where he received gun shot wounds at Monash Valley on 15 May 1915. He was evacuated but died on the hospital ship. - Margaret Phillips (Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.)

"PTE. PILKINGTON.

Pte. Astley Ford Pilkington was 20 years of age. His father (Mr. E. B. Pilkington) and his mother and two sisters reside at Blythwood, Lower Mitcham, and his only brother (Mr. R. E. B. Pilkington) lives at Warwick street, Walkerville. Pte. Pilkington was educated at the Wellington Road School, North Norwood. He was manager of a farm for Mrs. Grafton, at Albert Park, and then he entered the employment of Mr. P. T. Bell, at Wissanger, Kangaroo Island. He always took a deep interest in his military work, having been in the 23rd Light Horse before he enlisted for the front in the 3rd Light Horse. The deceased soldier had a host of friends, as he was of a genial nature. His death occurred on May 22." - from the Adelaide Observer 12 Jun 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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