Joseph Outten PITT

PITT, Joseph Outten

Service Number: 673
Enlisted: 29 December 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 11 September 1890
Home Town: Childers, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Appletree Creek State School, Childers, Queensland
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia following influenza, 3rd Southern Hospital, Oxford, England, United Kingdom, 27 October 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Apple Tree Creek Honour Board, Apple Tree Creek War Memorial (Digger), Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane 42nd Infantry Battalion AIF Roll of Honour, Childers C.S.R. Co`s Childers Mill Roll of Honour, Childers Isis District Roll of Honour, Childers Memorial Hall (Isis District Pictorial War Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

29 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 673, Brisbane, Queensland
5 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 673, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
5 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 673, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney
27 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 673, 42nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

The cousin of 1714 Pte. George Pitt (/explore/people/154359) who enlisted 2 months prior, and who also resided in the district of Apple Tree Creek/Childers.

After transferring to England from France Pte. J. Pitt died from Pneumonia on the 27th October 1918 

Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick (OAM) – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Joseph Outten Pitt was born at Maryborough, Queensland on 11th September, 1890 to parents Joseph and Emma Naomi Pitt (nee Turner).

Joseph Pitt, father of Joseph Outten Pitt, died on 11th June, 1904 at Apple Tree Creek, Childers, Queensland.

On 29th December, 1915 Joseph Pitt enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) as a 25 year old, single, Labourer. He stated on his Attestation Papers that he had been temporarily rejected as unfit for His Majesty’s Service due to his teeth.

Private Joseph Pitt, Service number 673, embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Borda (A30) on 5th June, 1916 with the 42nd Infantry Battalion, “C” Company & disembarked at Southampton, England on 23rd July, 1916.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

He was written up for an Offence on 28th August, 1916 while posted at Larkhill, Wiltshire – Absent without leave from 12 midnight on 27th August, 1916 till 2.30 pm on 28th August, 1916 – 14 ½ hours. This was admonished by Captain A. Pott, Commanding Battalion.

On 25th November, 1916 Private  Pitt proceeded overseas to France via Southampton.

Private Joseph Pitt was sent to Hospital sick on 13th December, 1916 & rejoined his Battalion the same day.

He was admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance on 13th February, 1917 with Pleuritis then transferred to 11th Australian Field Ambulance on 14th February, 1917 & admitted with “Br Catarrh”. Private Pitt was transferred to D.R.S. (Divisional Rest Station) on 14th February, 1917 then transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station on 27th February, 1917 with Bronch. Catarrh & Debility. He was transferred to No. 10 Ambulance Train on 2nd March, 1917 & admitted the same day to 8th Stationary Hospital at Wimereux, France with Debility. Private Pitt was transferred to No. 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne, France on 8th March, 1917.

On 15th March, 1917 Private Pitt was admitted to hospital at Boulogne, France with “ulcer tonsil”. He was transferred to No. 7 Convalescent Depot on 3rd April, 1917 then transferred to No. 10 Convalescent Depot on 12th April, 1917. Private Pitt was admitted to No. 10 Convalescent Depot at Ecault on 13th April, 1917 with an “ulcer tonsil.” He was transferred to No. 3 Rest Camp at Ecault on 5th June, 1917. Private Pitt was marched out to Harfleur on 7th June, 1917 from No. 3 Rest Camp & marched in to 3rd A.D.B.D. (Australian Divisional Base Depot) at Rouelles on 8th June, 1917. Private Pitt was marched out from 3rd A.D.B.D. at Rouelles on 3rd August, 1917 & rejoined his Unit in the Field on 4th August, 1917.

Private Joseph Pitt was appointed Lance Corporal with 42nd Battalion on 2nd September, 1917.

He was on furlough in France from 28th November, 1917.

On 2nd January, 1918 Lance Corporal Pitt reverted to the rank of Private.

Private Joseph Pitt was admitted to Australian Field Ambulance on 23rd February, 1918. He was transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 24th February, 1918 with an injury to his back.   Private Pitt was discharged to duty on 9th March, 1918 & re-joined his Battalion on 12th March, 1918.

He was admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance on 28th May, 1918 then transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station on 29th May, 1918 with Orchitis. He was transferred & admitted to 1st General Hospital at Etretat on 2nd June, 1918. Private Pitt embarked for England on 28th June, 1918 on Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle.

On 29th June, 1918 Private Pitt was admitted to Horton County of London War Hospital, Epsom, England with Orchitis. He was transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital Dartford on 15th July, 1918. Private Pitt was granted furlough from 19th July, 1918 to 2nd August, 1918 & was then to report to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire.

Private Joseph Pitt was marched in to No. 3 Command Depot at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 2nd August, 1918. He was medically classified as B1 B (Unfit for active service for a few weeks).

He was sent to sick to Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire on 2nd September, 1918 (Appendicitis)  then admitted - cause “N.Y.D. (Colic)” (not yet determined).

On 19th October, 1918 Private Pitt was transferred to 3rd Southern General Hospital at Oxford, England.


Private Joseph Pitt died at 8.30 am on 27th October, 1918 at 3rd Southern General Hospital (Tesdale House, Abingdon Section), Oxford, England from Pneumonia following Influenza.

He was buried in Botley Cemetery, Botley, Oxfordshire, England where 7 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)