Jack Pilkington

Broughton House Resident April 2012 – December 2020

Born; 20th February 1934

Brought up; Swinton. Educated at Cromwell Road School and Salford Junior Technical College.

Age at signing up: 22
Division: Royal Engineers
Rank: Sapper
Jack Pilkington of the Royal Engineers
Jack Pilkington

National Service; May 1956, volunteered for the Royal Engineers


3 weeks at Malvern in Worcestershire for basic military training

Posted to Farnborough, Haampshire, for 12 weeks further training. Technical College in Maidstone Kent for Engineering studies

Service History

Posted to a Royal Engineers Field Squadron in Maidstone, Kent

August 1957; Sent to Christmas Island, known as Kiritimati in the local language, a small atoll in the South Pacific 1340 miles South of Honolulu

Demobilised; May 1958 

Civilian Life; Structural Engineer with Banister, Walton and Co. Jack qualified for his Private Pilots Licence and flew regularly from Barton Aerodrome