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Cpl Wm. Richard Pitman
Cpl Wm. Richard Pitman

Cpl Pitman was in the Royal Naval Reserve when WWI began.
He enlisted in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment as enlistee
Nr. 400. He was one of the first five hundred, known as the
'Blue Puttees'. He fought in the Gallipoli Campaign from
August 1915 until January 1916 when he was admitted to hospital
in Malta with juandice. He rejoined his battalion in France in
June 1916. Cpl Pitman was killed in battle while leading his
section in the attack on Beaumont Hamel.

There is a monument in the center of Lamaline, alongside the
main road and facing the sea. It reads: "In loving memory of
Wm. Richard Pitman, son of the late Robert and Phyllis Pitman.
Enlisted as a soldier August 25th,1914. Killed in action at the
Battle of the Somme July 1st, 1916. Aged 28 years and 3 months.
'Nobly he died while doing his duty.' "

Contributed by Bob Jacobson, Poquoson, VA

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (November 2002)

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