Private 16567 Herbert Pitt

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Died of Wounds on Monday, 1st March 1915, age 21.
Buried in Grave II. A. 2. at Loker Churchyard, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 7th Brigade of 3rd Division.

Son of Mr William Pitt, of Sedgley Road East, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Dudley Port.

First landed France & Flanders, 19th December 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Park Chapel Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2938146/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Herbert Pitt registered December quarter 1893 in Dudley.

1901 Census
Sedgley Road East, Tipton, Staffs.
William Pitt (38, widower, Puddler, born Malvern), and his 4 sons: William (17, Labourer, born Tipton), Samuel (13, Labourer, born Tipton), Frank (10, born Tipton), and Herbert (7, born Tipton).

1911 Census
20 Sedgley Road East, Tipton, Staffs.
Mary Ann Pitt (75, widow, born Worcester), her son William (48, widower, Puddler, born Malvern), and his 2 sons: William (27, Builder's Labourer, born Tipton), and Herbert (17, Builder's Labourer, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

It is likely that Herbert was a Special Reservist and called up at the outbreak of war. The 3rd Worcesters crossed to France in September 1914, so Herbert would have been a reinforcement when he embarked in December 1914.

The 3rd Battalion Worcesters spent the winter of 1914-1915 in defences facing the Messines Ridge, and when not in the front line were in billets around the towns of Locre and Dranoutre. Trench conditions were extremely poor, alternating between sticky slime and liquid mud. Shelling and sniping gave a steady toll of casualties, with 31 men killed between 1st January and 1st March 1915.

It is likely that Herbert Pitt was wounded whilst in the front line and transported back to Locre where Field Ambulances were stationed in the Convent of St. Antoine. Herbert is buried in Locre Churchyard which was used for burials by these Field Ambulances.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 20th March 1915
The deaths are reported of two Tipton soldiers in France, they are:
Private H. Pitt of Sedgley Road East, and
Private Arthur Palmer of Cleton Street, Dudley Port.