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c.1871 Born Chorley Lancs
1896 Listed as 'Pilkington, William, Wych Elm, Wylde Green, Birmingham'
1901 A boarder at 22 Cope Street, Coventry (age 30 born Chorley, Lancs.), Storekeeper, cycle factory. In the house of William Brown, a Watch Engraver. 
1912-13 Listed as 'Pilkington, William, engine fitter, 23 Huntingdon Road, Coventry'