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Wilfred Hitching

Wilfred Hitching was the second son of Samuel George Hitching and Gertrude Alice Hitching.

According to the 1911 Census, his father was a Commercial traveller and worked for The National Cash Register Company. Wilfred aged 16, was a motor engineer apprentice and worked for The Napier Motor Company, 211 Acton Vale. He was born in Forest Gate Essex.

They lived at 40 Hazeldene Rd Chiswick. There were five children, but only three living at home.

Sadly for the parents, the January 24th issue 1917 of the Parish Magazine lists the deaths of their three sons.

The day the Great War broke out in 1914, Mrs. Hitching lost her youngest, four year old son, George Henry Hitching.

Wilfred her second son died at Gallipoli.

Percy the eldest died 1917 after a long and drawn out illness and weakness. The family had moved to 31 Ellesmere Rd.

Wilfred was Pvt 15372 9th Battalion West Yorkshire. He died at Suvla Bay aged 20 on the 8th August 1915. The landing began on the 6 th August 1915, intended to support the Anzac sector, five miles away. The British Commander Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Stopford was later dismissed for his poor lack of command and incompetence during the operation.

Wilfred Hitching was the first casualty of the Parish and always appeared first on the Parish List, “Beyond the veil”, of those lost or missing in the war. He is listed on the Helles War memorial panel 47-51 Canakkale Turkey.

Wilfred was awarded 11-7-15 the Victory medal 0/2/104B12 page 1391.

The 15 Star 0/2/113 page 332