Other names: Joseph Henry
Locations in this story: Bittles Green, Motcombe, DorsetIndiaChester, CheshireAustraliaCanada
Story: Joseph Henry Pitman was born in Bittles Green, Motcombe, Dorset, on 27 Aug 1880 and baptised at Motcombe Parish Church on 22 Sep 1880 the son of Walter Pitman and Sarah Adelaide Pitman (nee Bugden). He lived all his early life at home in Bittles Green. The 1911 Census indicates he had enlisted as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery (Service No. 4174) and was stationed in India. On discharge at the end of the War he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star and he went to live with his sister in Australia. Whilst there he re-enlisted on 6 Sep 1919 with the 1st Australian Imperial Force (Army Service Corps) (Service No. S/10000) on a one year short service term. He was discharged from this unit whilst in England on 5 Sep 1920. By 1921 he was back in Australia and living at 'Hillside', Foley Street, Muswell Brook, New South Wales. There is no record that he ever married. At sometime he had moved to Canada where he died on 29 Feb 1940.