Born: June 4, 1879, Oxford, England.
Died: July 1961, New South Wales, Australia (possibly near Epping).
Buried: In the Anglican section of Rookwood Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia.
Pilcher was educated at Hertford College, Oxford (BA 1905).
He became an Anglican priest and emigrated to Canada in 1906.
From 1906–36, he taught theology, Old Testament literature, and New Testament language and literature at Wycliffe College in Toronto.
He played bass clarinet in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was precentor at several churches, served at St. James Cathedral, and was bishop co-adjutor of Sydney, Australia (1936–56). He was also secretary to the committee for the Australian hymn book.
Abbey taught music for several years, and was a music publisher.