Other names: Joseph Henry
Locations in this story: Bittles Green, Motcombe, DorsetIndiaChester, CheshireMuswell Brook, New South Wales, AustraliaCanada
Story: Joseph Henry Pitman was born in Bittles Green, Motcombe, Dorset, on 27th August 1880 and baptised at Motcombe Parish Church on 22nd September 1880, the son of Walter Pitman and Sarah Adelaide Pitman (née 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 6th September 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 5th September 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 some time he moved to Canada where he died on 29th February 1940.