James Pheasant Pitcher

Name

James Pheasant Pitcher

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

11/03/1917
35

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
36435
Princess Charlotte of Wales’ (Royal Berkshire) Regiment
6th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN
O. VI. G. 15.
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born on 16th October 1882 and baptised on 7th October 1883, in Brixton, to parents Jarvis and Susannah Pitcher, he was one of eight children. In 1901 they were living at 34 Calvert Road, Battersea, and both his father and James were boot makers working at home. James married Esther Horley on 12th May 1901 in Battersea and in 1911 they were living at 30 Beaufoy Road, Lavender Hill, Battersea, and he was employed as a stationery engine drive and they had three sons Thomas Frederick and James. At the time of his death his wife was living at 70 Port Vale, Hertford.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford formerly 5855 Hertfordshire Regiment. Transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment 6th Bn. The 6th (Service) battalion was raised at Reading in September 1914, they went to France on 26th July 1915 and they concentrated near Flesselles. During 1916 they fought on the Somme at the Battle of Albert and Montauban, Delville Wood and Thiepval Ridge. In 1917 they took part in the Battle for Ancre at Miroumont and Irles, where James was killed.

Additional Information

Brother of Corporal Douglas Pitcher who was killed in action on 7 Nov 1917 and is also commemorated on this memorial and on a Bengeo memorial.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins