Private 16659 Samuel Pitt

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Died Salonika on Friday, 5th January 1917, age 29.
Buried in Grave 763 at Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Thessalonika, Greece.

'C' Company of 8th Bn., South Wales Borderers. 67th Brigade of 22nd Division.

Husband of E. L. McLoughlin (formerly Pitt), of 132, Willenhall Rd., Moseley Village, Wolverhampton.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Newport, Mon., Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 5th September 1915.
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/625361/

Genealogical Data

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

Marriage of Samuel John Pitt and Edith Lavinia Potts registered in December 1909 at Newport, Monmouthshire.

1911 Census
14 Hamilton Street, Newport, Monmouthshire.
Samuel Pitt (23, Sheet Metal Shearer, born Tipton), and his wife Edith Lavinia (23, born Wolverhampton).

The 1911 census shows that Samuel and Edith had a child but who had died. This is likley to have beeen William Pitt, born in September quarter 1910 and died in March quarter 1911. Two further children registered in Newport to a mother nee Potts are likely to be theirs: Herbert born in March quarter 1912, and Edith born in December quarter 1913.

Personal Data

After Samuel's death his outstanding army pay and allowances was paid to his widow Edith Lavinia in April 1917; this amounted to £5/18/1d (5 pounds, 18 shillings and 1 penny). In October 1919 Edith also received his War Gratuity of £10/10/0d (10 pounds and 10 shillings), this amount with his date of death suggest that he had enlisted in September 1914.

Action resulting in his death

Samuel enlisted with the South Wales Borderers which was formed in September 1914. Samuel landed in France with the 22nd Division in September 1915, but in October they moved to Marseilles and embarked for Salonika. The 22nd Division was in action during the Battle of Horseshoe Hill in August 1916, and the Battle of Machukovo in September 1916, but by January 1917 Salonika was comparatively quiet.

Samuel died on the 5th January 1917, his entry in 'Soldier's Effects' say that he "Died of Burns". He is buried in the Lembet Road Military Cemetery on the outskirts of the city of Thessalonika which was the base of the British Salonika Force, and contained numerous hospitals.

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