241214 Pte Fred PITT 1/5th York and Lancaster Regiment.
Killed In Action 12th April 1918.
Fred PITT was born John Frederick PITT at Rotherham, Yorkshire in 1897. The 1901 census shows him to be 4 years old and living with his family at 141 Nott Street, Rotherham. His parents named Joseph and Mary Ann. He had 2 brothers Benjamin and Joseph William, 2 sisters Phoebe Elizabeth and Jessie.
The 1911 census shows the family at 15 Neville Street, Thornhill, Rotherham, Fred is shown as a Brass Tap Edger.
Fred entered France on the 19th August 1915.
12th April 1918
The 1/5th York and Lancaster Regiment were involved in operations around the area North of West Outre in the area of Bailleul. They were to clear up the village of Cabaret Du Saule which was believed to have been largely vacated by the enemy. When the battalion moved towards the village they came under heavy machine gun fire and their advance was repelled. Over the next couple of days they fended off persistent german attacks and eventually were withdrawn to their starting point of a few days previous.
This is what the war diaries say about the 12th April 1918.
During operations between 11th – 15th april 1918 the 1/5th Battalion lost
5 Officers Killed + 18 Officers wounded
50 other ranks Killed + 254 wounded
Although little can be gleaned about Fred’s military service as sadly his papers appear not to have survived we can see that he had close family ties from the cards he sent home. A selection of which appear below. It can be seen that most of them bear his signature.
A selection of other cards from friends and or other family members.
Fred now rests in the Le Grand British Military Cemetery, Steenwerk, France.