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Francis Soltau Pillans

Portrait, Weekly News 15 October 1941, p.26 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News 15 October 1941, p.26 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Soltau AWMM
  • Surname
    Pillans AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Francis Soltan Pillans AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ404940 AWMM
    • WWII 404940 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 November 1914 AWMM TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Soltau Pillans and Emily Pillans, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident during instrument flying practice AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Francis Pillans was the son of William Soltau Pillans and Emily Pillans, of Tauranga, New Zealand.

    Attended King's College 1929-32 where he was a member of School House.

    Killed on instrument flying practice, he was the safety pilot

    In the King's College school roll, his middle name is recorded as Soltan. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    4 October 1941 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Nadi BaySuva AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Suva Military Cemetery, Fiji, Pacific Islands AWMM 13. 181. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • King's College Golf Ave, Otahuhu, Auckland 1062 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. Vol.1, p.147, Vol.3, P.394 AWMM

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