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Major Pillinger was born 13th May 1860, and although he was destined to become a civil engineer by his parents, he did not find those prospects attractive and so enlisted in the 61st Foot in October 1876 with whom he stayed until his discharge was purchased in 1879.

Eleven days of civilian life so disgusted him that he decided to try another shillings worth and :-

28th April 1879 Joined the Tenth Royal Hussars, Canterbury Depot.
1880 Moved to Rawal Pindi, India
1881 Moved to Lucknow (Appointed Lance Corporal Jan 10th)
1882 Appointed Orderly Room Sgt
1884 Suakim (Medal and Star for Eastern Sudan. 1 Clasp); Trinketat; Shornecliffe
1885 Moved to Aldershot (Promoted troop Sgt Major)
1887 Moved to Hounslow
1888 Moved to York (Promoted Quarter Master Sgt)
1891 Moved To Curragh
1891 Moved to Dublin
1892 Moved to Carhir
1894 Moved to Ballincollig
1895 Moved to Newbridge
1897 Moved to Aldershot (Granted medal for Long Service and Good Conduct)
1897 Moved to Canterbury ( Promoted Regimental Quarter Master Sgt)
1899 Moved to Aldershot
1899- 1902 South Africa War (2 Medals, seven clasps. Promoted Hon Lieut. And Quarter Master 7th Feb 1900)
1902- 1906 Mhow, Central India
1906-1912 Rawal Pindi (Promoted Capt. 7th Feb 1910, promoted Major 16th Dec. 1911
1912 Moved to Tempe, Bloemfontaine
1913 Moved to Potchefstroom, Transvaal

Left for home Saturday 31st May 1913

1914 Joined Egyptian Camel Corp, Cairo
1915 Joined Army Service Corps, Gallipoli. Appointed ADC 8th June 1915
1916 Joined Staff, Middle East

Extracted from The 10th Royal Hussars Gazette July 1913