Regimental number1130
Place of birthPetersberg, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, William Henry Bitmead, Gladstone, South Australia
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon in the most gallant manner through uncut enemy wire. Later, he organized bombing parties and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1631 Pte Joseph Francis BITMEAD, 48th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 March 1919; 1319 Pte Charles BITMEAD, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 1 November 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal