Private Thomas Pilkington 15/1429 and Private Arthur Pilkington 15/1953

Private Thomas Pilkington 15/1429
Born Holbeck Leeds 1886
Died of wounds Leeds
3rd of September 1916

Private Arthur Pilkington 15/1953
Born Holbeck Leeds 1884

Brothers Tom and Arthur Pilkington were two of five children born to John William Pilkington and his wife Elizabeth of Holbeck, Leeds.
At the time of their enlistment Tom recently married, was working as a Butcher in Holbeck and Arthur was employed as a commercial clerk in a local vinegar Brewery, he had married in 1910 and was also living in Holbeck, with his wife Mabel and young daughter Ella.
Both brothers joined the Pals in early 1915, training at Colsterdale, North Yorks.
Before the Pals left for Egypt in December 1915 Tom was transferred to the 1st Battalion West York’s, Arthur sailed with the Pals and served with them in Egypt and France, in the later part of the war he was transferred to the Royal Engineers with whom he ended the war being discharged on the 23rd of February 1919.

Tom was seriously wounded on the 1st day of the battle of the Somme and evacuated to England, he was eventually hospitalised in number 2nd Northern General Hospital at Leeds, where he died of his wounds on the 3rd of September 1916.
He his buried in Holbeck Cemetery Leeds.
The War graves commission states:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John William Pilkington; husband of Mary Jane Eleanor Pilkington, of 16, Cambrian Rd., Holbeck, Leeds.

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