WILLIAM JAMES FITCH

 

 

Born: 1898, Ipswich.

Died: 10th April 1918; age 20; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Rank: Private: Service Number: 200772

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 12th Battalion.

Formerly 2988, Suffolk Regiment.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

Panel 3.

Ploegsteert Memorial,

Hainaut,

Belgium.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Bertha Fitch, of 20, Devonshire Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   62, Gibson Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Walter Fitch, 30, a Foundry Labourer, born Wickham Market, Suffolk.

Bertha Agnes Fitch (nee Coe), 31, born Ipswich.

Daisy Muriel Fitch, 8, born Ipswich.

Stanley George Fitch, 5, born Ipswich.

Lily Eliza Fitch, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1911   62, Gibson Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 40, a Dock Labourer.

Bertha, 41.

Stanley, 16, a Factory Hand – Steel Plater – Corset Maker.

Lily, 10.

Ellen Rachael Fitch, 5, born Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Bertha Fitch – mother.

 

William is also remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.

Note: William’s  brother Stanley. Brothers of each friend were to die in the war.

Evening Star – Monday, 4th March 1912 – BOYS’ THEFT OF BEEROn Monday, 4th March 1912, at Ipswich Police Court, William Peck, a labourer, of Gibson Street, Ipswich, was summoned before the Mayor, Mr. Frederick Edward Rands, Mr. Alexander Gibb, and Mr. Philip Wyndham Cobbold, charged with stealing five bottles of beer from a railway truck on the quay, on Friday, 1st March 1912. Three of William’s friends were also charged with stealing the bottles of beer – George Webber, a labourer, of Rope Walk; Stanley Fitch, a labourer, of Gibson Street; and Samuel Farthing, a labourer, of Foundation Street.

Police-constable George Double, of the Great Eastern Railway Police, said that at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, he was on the quay watching some trucks containing beer bottles. A boy climbed up into a truck, handed a bottle down to one of the others, and put a bottle into his pocket. Two others then climbed up, and put a bottle of beer into their pockets. The boys then walked towards Patterson Road, and at the corner witness caught hold of William Peck and George Webber, but George got away. Police-constable Firman, of the Borough Force, came up at the time, and William was taken to the Police Station. When searched a bottle of beer was found in his pocket. He was charged with the theft, and William admitted the offence. Summons were issued against the other three. Altogether three bottles were recovered, but two were still missing. All four boys pleaded Guilty. Police-constable Firmansaid that frequent complaints had been received of the theft of bottled beer from the dock. Samuel Farthing was the only one in work; the other three were always loafing about the dock. William Peck, George Webber and Stanley Fitch were sent to prison for one month with Hard Labour. Samuel Farthing was bound over in the sum of 10s. with his father as security to be of good behaviour for twelve months, and to pay 10s.

 

Suffolk reg

Suffolk Regiment, 12th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements

SUFFOLK REGIMENT MUSEUM

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

 

 

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