A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Arreton St George's Church -
- Memorial to Capt Charles Seymour Pittis -

Location

In St George's Church, Arreton, Isle of Wight, PO30 3AP
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21705
 
Historic England Listing Status

St George's Church is Grade I Listed. Since the Memorial Plaque is part of the fabric of the Church, it is assumed that it is covered by the Listing.

Description and history

The parents of Capt Pittis commissioned the Memorial. It is a latten-bronze plaque mounted on panels of Irish green marble backed by pink alabaster, situated on the wall of the Church near the West door.
The plaque was designed by Percy G Stone F.S.A. It was unveiled and dedicated at a service in St George's Church on 4 April 1918 conducted by the Rev. Canon Clement Smith, M.V.O.

The report of the unveiling and dedication can be found in the Isle of Wight County Press of Saturday, April 6, 1918.
Memorial

Memorial to Capt C S Pittis
 

  from Isle of Wight County Press of Saturday, April 6, 1918
 
Inscription


IN GLORIOUS MEMORY OF
CAPT CHARLES SEYMOUR PITTIS MC
8TH BATT HAMPSHIRE REGT
ISLE OF WIGHT RIFLES
THE DEARLY LOVED
ELDEST SON OF
SEYMOUR AND KATE PITTIS OF HALE
KILLED IN ACTION NEAR GAZA
APRIL 19TH 1917 AGED 21
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH


 
Further information

CWGC record ...

Charles Pittis passed his Law Society Intermediate examination in March 1914. He was gazetted Lieutenant on 20 August 1914, and as a Temp Captain on 28 January 1916. He received the Military Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 8 March 1916.

Further biographical information

Buried at Gaza War Cemetery, Grave XXI. E. 7

The grave marker illustrated names not only Capt C S Pittis, MC, but also Lieut S G Ratsey, and Lieut S Attfield, of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt) attd. 9th Bn Hants Regt.

Lieut Young-James [mentioned in the Times report] died at Suvla Bay 12 August 1915.


 
Original grave marker Capt C S Pittis
  Capt Pittis' original grave marker at Gaza, photo from Brian Greening


 
 

 
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