William Alfred Thomas PITMAN

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PITMAN, William Alfred Thomas

Service Number: 29338
Enlisted: 1 August 1916, RAS Showgrounds, Moore Park
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 5th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Moree, New South Wales, Australia, 30 January 1892
Home Town: Garah, Moree Plains, New South Wales
Schooling: Maitland Boys High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Shell wound head, 13th Australian Field Ambulance, Belgium, 15 October 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
I. H. 36.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Boomi and District Public Honour Roll, Maitland High School Roll of Honour, Moree ANZAC Centenary Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 29338, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, RAS Showgrounds, Moore Park
30 Sep 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 29338, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, Third Ypres
30 Sep 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 29338, Australian Field Artillery - 116th to 120th Howitzer Batteries: AIF, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
2 Aug 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 5th Field Artillery Brigade
15 Oct 1917: Involvement Gunner, SN 29338, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

The Sydney Stock and Station Journal reported in December 1917 that Gunner W. A. T. Pitman, son of the late Alfred Thomas Pitman and Mrs Lethia Burnia Pitman (nee Tallett), of Willimill Station, Moree, died of wounds received in Belgium on October 15th.

Gunner Pitman, who was 25 years of age, was born in the Moree district and was educated at the East Maitland High School. He had pastoral interests in New South Wales and Queensland, and gained his pastoral experience on his father's estate in New South Wales, which he took control of and managed for the past five years. He enlisted in April, 1916, and sailed for England on September 30th. Whilst in Salisbury Plains, a call was made for 100 gunners to go at once to France. Gunner Pitman was one of the volunteers, and it was whilst serving his gun in Belgium that he received wounds which proved fatal.

News of his death will be received with regret by a large circle of pastoral friends in the North-West wner» he was well known and esteemed.

Reference:http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124234786

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