3425, Gunner, 8th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery. Enlisted Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia. Embarked on the 13 October 1915 from Sydney on board HMAT Port Lincoln.
On the 8th November 1916 was admitted to St. Anslems V.A.D. hospital Shorncliffe with severe shrapnel wounds to back and abdominal wall.
Admitted to Rouen Hospital, France on the 30th September 1918 with gunshot wound resulting in a compound fracture of the femur. Died of wounds on the 3rd October 1918 aged 31. Buried in the Bois Guillame Communal Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime, France .
Son of Jacob Henry and Sophia Pitfield of Jessops, Penshurst, Kent. Shown in the 1901 census as a 14 year old living with his parents, sister and grandfather at Palmer’s Farm, Penshurst, where his father was a dairy farmer ‘on his own account’. Husband of Lily Pitfield, of Station Street, Guildford, New South Wales.
Remembered on the Chiddingstone Causeway, Penshurst and Edenbridge Hospital War Memorials. Also in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
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