1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

George William Fitchett

Contributed by: Andrew Sheardown, on 2008-11-11

George William Fitchett
Rank
First Name George William
Surname Fitchett
Year of Birth 1886
Year of Death 1916
Regiment York and Lancaster Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Scotter, Lincolnshire

George William's Story

The following is an extract of the diary of Private Walter Hutchinson of the 10th Battalion who says of the 1st July 1916:-

Billy Fitchett, only son of George & Hannah, killed on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme

“The order came down to 'fix bayonets, you have got to fight for it lads’. We obeyed the order like men and was soon out of the trench. I was running across a trench when the grid broke and let me through. I scrambled out and ran after the other boys but had not gone far before I was hit on the hip with a piece of shell. We then landed at the trench we was making for and found out it was our own original front line trench. We saw some awful sights in it for a lot of wounded men had not been got out..."

Billy was killed that day.

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