34058 Sir Frederick Pile is in the process of being transferred from the Mid-Hants Railway to Southern Locomotives Ltd, with a plan for a cooperative restoration of the loco.

If you'd like to support this restoration please contact Simon Troy on 01474 833263 or at southernlocos@btinternet.com

Sir Frederick Pile


Frederick Arthur Pile was born on 14th September 1884, in Dublin. He served in the British Army in both World Wars.

In WWII General Pile was General Officer Commanding Anti-Aircraft Command, hence his place as one of the senior officers to give his name to a Battle of Britain class loco. He was also one of few people who personally named a loco after himself. The ceremony was at Waterloo station on 28th April 1948. He was the only British officer to maintain the same post throughout the war.


Pile (L) is seen watching Anti-aircraft guns in action with Winston Churchill, and Churchill's daughter Mary. Pile was knighted in the 1945 New Year Honours list and later became Director General of Housing in the Ministry of Works.

There is a summary of Sir Frederick Pile's life in Wikipedia



For more details of his life and work are in his book Ack-Ack which can be found on-line.