Pitt, Richard Lionel: Service no. 189824

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per post by Allan Miller at 18th Battalion Facebook Group.


Gathering Our Heroes

This man originally joined the 91st Battalion and was later transferred to the 186th Battalion. He enlisted at St. Thomas, Ontario on January 4, 1916, and was a single machinist. He indicated prior military service with 17 years with the West Riding Regiment and his service record notes wounds received during his service in South Africa.

He may have lied about his year of birth as he then would have been too old to enlist with the CEF.

His battalion embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 28, 1917, and arrived at Liverpool on April 7, 1917. Immediately he was transferred to the 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion at Bramshott. He was made an Acting Sergeant and reverted to private on his own request so he could be eligible for a reinforcing draft.

He was transferred to the 18th Battalion on June 5, 1917, and proceeded overseas the next day to No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot. From there he joined the 18th Battalion on June 13, 1917, in the field.

He was wounded on August 15, 1917, during the fighting at Lens, suffering a GSW to his right leg.

Transferred to England he recuperated and he would be discharged because of his wounds and returned ot Canada at the end of 1917.

He was discharged at London, Ontario on March 31, 1918.

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