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Tolbert Lawrence PITMAN

Regimental number10794
Date of birth7 August 1897
Place of birthNorwood, South Australia
SchoolAdelaide High School, South Australia
AddressCharles Street, Norwood, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Tolbert G Pitman, Charles Street, Norwood, South Australia
Enlistment date20 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name two spellings Tolbert and Talbert
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialPasschendaele New British Cemetery (Plot XIII, Row C, Grave No. 11), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Talbert and Eliza PITMAN, 50 Charles Street, Norwood, South Australia

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As battalion Signalling Officer he displayed the utmost courage and perseverance in maintaining communication under circumstances of the greatest difficulty, although his lines were constantly severed and his station destroyed by shell fire. He materially aided his battalion in a successful operation against the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 17148 Pte Alfred Keith PITMAN, 11th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 10 December 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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