Ernest George Fitt

Name

Ernest George Fitt
1891

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

30/09/1915
24

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Corporal
14885
Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT
Plot I, Row B, Grave 17.
France

Headstone

>HIS BANNER OVER ME WAS LOVE

UK Memorials

St Mary's Parish Church Memorial, Watford, Shenley Village Memorial, Ayot St Peter Memorial, Roll of Honour, St Peter's Church, Ayot St Peter, Not on the Hertingfordbury memorial

Pre War

Son of Joseph and Ann (nee Pring) FittT of Welwyn, Herts.

His parents married 26 December 1883 in Awliscombe, Devon. Joseph died 1939 in Ayot St Peter, Herts, aged 81, and was buried there 8 February; Ann died 16 April 1939 in Ayot St Peter aged 81, and was also buried there.

Ernest was born 2 February 1891 in Hertingfordbury, Herts, and baptised 2 August 1891 at St Mary’s, Hertingfordbury. He possibly attended Luppitt National School, Devon, from 3 March 1901 to 5 February 1904, and resided in Welwyn.

On the 1891 Census, aged 3 months he lived in Hertingfordbury, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1901 Census, aged 10 he lived in Reigate, Surrey, with his parents and seven siblings. On the 1911 Census, Ernest was living and working at Danesbury, Welwyn, Herts, and his occupation was given as domestic gardener. He later became a carnation grower employed by Mr C F Raphel of Porters Park, Shenley.

For several years he was a prominent football player for Welwyn Football Club.

Wartime Service

He enlisted on 5 September 1914 in Hertford and served with the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment in France from 26 July 1915.

He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 26 July 1915, and was killed in action during manoeuvres at Morlancourt.  

Additional Information

His father, Mr Joseph Fitt of The Frythe Gardens, Welwyn, Herts, ordered his headstone inscription: "HIS BANNER OVER ME WAS LOVE" His father Joseph Fitt was Head Gardener at The Frythe, Welwyn, Herts. A war gratuity of £4 10s was granted to his father as well as pay owing of £8 2s 4d.

Acknowledgments

Brenda Palmer
www.ayotstpeter.com, Sue Carter (Research) and Watford Museum (ROH on line via www.ourwatfordhistory.org.uk)