20th century

This section concentrates on those who served during World War 1, the Great War, and does not extend to later service.

Albert Thomas Pitman (1896 – 1956)     Tredington     Parents: James Pitman & Sarah (née Thornedale)
Gloucestershire Regiment – 1st Battalion    Regimental No: 2012, 39960

Albert Thomas served from the early months of the First World War as a Private in the Gloucestershire Regiment, first arriving in France in May 1915. He received the Victory, British and 15 Star medals, and was awarded the Military Medal in May 1919. It seems he continued in the Gloucesters until 1938, by which time he had reached the rank of Sergeant.

Arthur Pitman (1874 – 1933)     Tewkesbury     Parents: William Pitman & Eliza (née Simons)
Royal Garrison Artillery – 7th Mountain Battery                    Regimental No: 823, 275823

Arthur was living and working in Cwmtillery, Monmouthshire at the outbreak of World War 1, and enlisted as a Gunner in the RGA at Newport in August 1914. He was in France with the British Expeditionary Force before the end of the year, but discharged due to sickness in March 1916, thus gaining a Silver War Badge. He was also awarded British, Victory and 15 Star medals.

Arthur Pitman (1900 – 1940)     Tewkesbury     Parents: William Pittman & Julia Ann (née Wilkins)
Royal Field Artillery            Regimental No: 161269

Arthur enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery and served as a Gunner until being gassed in September 1918. He was awarded the Victory and British medals.

Arthur Edward Pitman (1876 – 1937)     Cheltenham     Parents: Joseph Pitman & Sarah Ann (née Price)
The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment – 4th Battalion     Regimental No: 4642
The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th Battalions      Regimental No: 5168

Although born in Cheltenham, Arthur Edward (Edward) was living in Salford, Lancashire when he enlisted in a militia battalion of the Royal Lancaster Regiment in August 1895. Almost a year later he transferred to the regular regiment, and served with them until demobilisation in May 1919, when he held the rank of corporal. Edward spent many years abroad, serving in Asia (Burma, Singapore and India), South Africa (the Boer War), and the Mediterranean (Malta and Salonica). During the Boer War he was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal and four clasps (Orange River Colony, Cape Colony, 1901 and 1902), and in World War 1 he gained the Victory and British medals. He served in four different battalions, changing between the 1st and 2nd for his main years of service (having enlisted for seven years and later extended to serve a total of twenty-one years), then the 3rd and finally the 9th during his extended service in the Great War.

Ernest Pitman (1896 – 1962?)     Tewkesbury     Parents: William Pittman & Julia Ann (née Wilkins)
Gloucestershire Regiment – 2/5 Battalion            Regimental No: 2085, 240356

Ernest enlisted with the Gloucestershire Regiment in March 1914 (i.e. before the start of the war), signing up for four years’ service. He ultimately served as a Private for over five years (about half this time being spent in France), and was discharged in April 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British medals, and entitled to wear three blue chevrons, each signifying a year’s overseas service.

Francis Pitman  (1900 –  )     Rudford (Newent)     Parents: William Pitman & Sarah Ann (née Sadler)
Army Service Corps                    Regimental No: 400910

Francis enlisted in the ASC in April 1918, serving as a Private, and being awarded the British and Victory medals. A year later he agreed to serve with the Relief Force in Vladivostok, and in June 1919 embarked on the S S Monteagle to cross the Pacific from Vancouver to the Russian coast.

Frank Pittman (1895 – 1957)     Tewkesbury     Parents: William Pittman & Julia Ann (née Wilkins)
Gloucestershire Regiment – 13th (Service) Battalion (Forest of Dean)(Pioneers)        Regimental No: 18258

Frank served in the 13th Gloucesters, becoming Lance Corporal in October 1917, and Sergeant by the end of the war. He was awarded the British and Victory medals, so had served abroad sometime after the end of 1915 (since he did not receive either the 14 or 15 Star).

Henry Joseph Pitman (1888 – 1918)     Cheltenham     Parents: Henry Pitman & Martha (née Jeenes)
Canadian Army Medical Corps    Regimental No: 628138

Henry Joseph (Harry) enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in July 1915, and served in France attached to 47th Battalion Canadian Infantry, possibly as a stretcher bearer. After being wounded at Courcelette on 11th November 1916 he was returned to England where he spent three months in Nottingham General Hospital, followed by time at Epsom and Ramsgate. In mid-1918 he was hospitalised again, this time through illness, and he died at Shorncliffe Camp near Folkestone on 25th November 1918, and was buried in the Military Cemetery there.

Harry is commemorated on the Rolls of Honour at St Philip’s and St James’ Church, Leckhampton, and Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham

John Pitman (1880 – 1914)     Deerhurst     Parents: Thomas Pitman & Mary Ann (née Teale)
4th Dragoon Guards    Regimental No: 4952 (probably originally 2nd Dragoon Guards, number 4824)

John Pitman had served in the Dragoon Guards for 15 years (including service in India and South Africa) when he was killed in action near Messines in November 1914. He was awarded the Victory, British and 14 Star medals, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate (panels 3 – 5).

Joseph Pittman (1891 –  )     Tewkesbury     Parents: William Pittman & Julia Ann (née Wilkins)
[Gloucester Regiment    Regimental No: 612]    Royal Field Artillery    Regimental No: 54404

In October 1908 Joseph enlisted in the Gloucester Regiment Special Reserve, slightly inflating his age to 18 years 1 month. Although he had signed up for six years’ service, he was released in January 1909 as he had enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery. Presumably he continued in service until the outbreak of war, in which his first overseas service was as a Sergeant in France in September 1915. He was awarded the Military Medal in December 1916, and around the same time was promoted to Warrant Officer Class II. He was also awarded Victory, British and 15 Star medals, and was discharged in March 1919, with a Silver War Badge, indicating that his discharge was due to sickness or injury. His discharge was under paragraph 392 (xvia) of King’s Regulations, indicating that he was “surplus to military requirements, having suffered impairment since entry into the service”. At the time of his discharge he was Battery Sergeant Major in 3A Reserve Brigade of the RFA, probably stationed at Larkhill, Wiltshire.

Sidney Pitman (1896 – 1919)     Gotherington     Parents: Joseph Pitman & Emma (née Long)
Royal Engineers                Regimental No: 92142

In civilian life Sidney was an insurance agent, but in September 1915 he enlisted as a Driver in the Royal Engineers. After a year overseas with the British Expeditionary Force, Corporal Pitman was invalided home in May 1917, with a dislocated knee. He was then posted to the Royal Engineers Training Depot in Aldershot, but had contracted consumption (tuberculosis) during his time overseas, and was declared medically unfit for further sevice in May 1918. This led to the award of a Silver War Badge, as well as Victory and British medals. Sidney died from consumption in the Connaught Hospital, Aldershot on 27th January 1919, and is buried in Bishops Cleeve churchyard with his parents. He is commemorated on war memorials in both Gotherington and Bishops Cleeve.

Walter William Pittman (1895 – 1915)     Tewkesbury     Parents: William Pittman & Julia Ann (née Wilkins)
Royal Field Artilliery – 147th Brigade, Ammunition Column            Regimental No: 11643

Walter William was a shoeing smith in both civilian and military life. He enlisted late in 1914, and met his death while on the British transport ship Manitou in the eastern Mediterranean. The ship was attacked by a Turkish torpedo boat and Walter was amongst the fifty-one men drowned when two of the Manitou’s lifeboats capsized. He was awarded the British, Victory and 15 Star medals, and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey (panel 21 and 22). At home he is commemorated in Tewkesbury Abbey and at the Cross, and in Gloucester Park (he had lived in Gloucester with his wife and children for about ten years).

William George Pitman (1897 –  )     Deerhurst/Tredington     Parents: Albert George Pitman & Ann (née Roberts)
Cycling Corps??        East Surreys    Regimental No: 29254

William George served overseas as a Private with the East Surrey Regiment, having enlisted in November 1915. In August 1918 he was severely wounded, resulting in the loss of an arm. He was discharged with a Silver War Badge in June 1919, and was also awarded British and Victory medals.

William Thomas Pitman (1887 – 1956)     Cheltenham     Parents: Henry Pitman & Martha (née Jeenes)
Royal Engineers, B Company        Regimental No: 151106

William enlisted in November 1915, and was posted to the Royal Engineers in March the following year. He served in the Transport Section, and when he was demobbed in October 1919 he held the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Victory and British medals, having first served overseas in July 1917.