Pillow, Cadet Roy Nelson (14061)
No 7 Training Sqn AFC
Roy Pillow came from Geelong, Victoria, and was a Medical Student, aged 20, when the joined the AIF in Melbourne on 3 August 1915. At the time he was serving in the AMF, where he was a Sergeant-Major. In March 1916 he was posted to the Army Medical Corps’ No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, and left Sydney on HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June. In France he was posted to the Special Operating Hospital at Authie in October. In February 1918 he applied for flying training, and was transferred to the AFC. By June he was serving with No 7 Training Sqn at Leighterton.
He was killed in an aircraft accident at Leighterton on 24 August 1918 while flying RE 8 D4977. The Court of Enquiry thought that the crash was due to a turn being made without sufficient flying speed, causing the nose to drop and the machine to spin into the ground.
Cdt R N Pillow is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.