Walter Hitch.

SEPTEMBER 2ND 1916

Carried Out The Highest Traditions Private Waiter Hitch, attached to the Warwickshire Regiment, elder son of Mr Hitch, the well known Ostler of the Bell and Oak, Peterborough, and Mrs. Hitch, was killed in action last week. In a letter received last Monday from Lt. G. Wyman-Abbot of Peterborough, and dated August 24th he says: 1 am writing with deep regret to inform you of the death of your son Pte. Hitch. 1 have known him since he joined his late battalion, and have seen his good work abroad and at home. Though your son had only been in France for a short time he showed his courage and bravery in most trying circumstances, and faced heavy shell fire as well as men who had hem under fire for many months. His death is a great loss and will be regretted by the whole company. It may relieve you to know that your son suffered no pain, he was buried in a small military cemetery behind the fines, and his grave marked with a named cross. 1 may say that your son's death came as a blow to me personally as 1 have known him since he joined his late battalion, and have always seen that he would be able to carry out the highest traditions of the British soldier, and 1 may say that he has done so to the fullest extent possible." Private Hitch, who was just over eighteen years of age was employed as a youth with Messrs E. Crisp Lid, and afterwards went as a conductor on the Tramway Cyclists, and was transferred to the Warwickshire Regiment. He stood over six feet in height

 
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He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme in France.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith