Pilkington, Second Lieutenant Stanley Howard

No 66 Training Sqn RFC

Stanley Pilkington came from Auckland, New Zealand. He was 27, and a Fitter and Turner, when he joined the AFC at The Show Ground Camp in Sydney on 11 October 1916. He had previously served in the NZ Territorial Force. After training at Laverton, he left Melbourne on HMAT A67 Orsova on 6 December, though several entries in his Service Record indicate that he left on HMAT A34 Persic on 22 December. On arrival in England, he commenced flying training with No 29 (Australian) Training Sqn RFC. He graduated as a pilot, and was commissioned, on 18 October.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Yatesbury on 24 October 1917 while flying RE 8 A3841 after the aeroplane dived into the ground. The Court of Enquiry was unable to determine the cause of the accident, as the aircraft was in good condition and 2Lt Pilkington was assessed as being a competent pilot.

2Lt S H Pilkington is buried in Grave XI D 20 at Brookwood (Military) Cemetery, Surrey, England.

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