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Pitman E S    Bombardier    2714

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


2 Lieut Ernest Stanley Pitman, 1917. 

Source:  Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950


Pitman E     Bombadier    2714    Ernest Stanley             4 FAB    24    Jackeroo    Single    Cong       

Address:    Moonee Ponds, Eglinton St, 101  

Next of Kin:    Pitman, E, Mrs, 101 Eglinton St, Moonee Ponds   

Enlisted:    12 Nov 1915       

Embarked:     A18 Wiltshire 8 Nov 1915   


E. Pitman, well-known as an Essendon harrier, is in Egypt, and now holds the rank of corporal in the 4th Field Artillery.   


(1916, March 16). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: Morning. Retrieved January 27, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74592270  




Sergeant E. S. Pitman (Essendon Harriers) has been the recipient of congratulations from the commanding officer of his battalion, for bravery in digging out a wounded comrade under shell fire at Contal Maison early in August.  


ATHLETES. (1916, December 13). Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917), p. 8. Retrieved September 17, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154553436





Harry McNeil writes from France that Sergeant E. S. Pitman (Essendon Harriers) is shortly being transferred to the Flying Corps. McNeil mentions that 'H. Fynmore is to run at sports tomorrow in a mile, but he expects to strike a snag in T. N. Vines.'


ATHLETES. (1916, December 27). Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917), p. 8. Retrieved September 14, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154551779




A middle distance track member of the Essendon Harriers (writes Mr A. S. Howcroft), in E. S. Pitman, has been promoted to a Lieutenancy, and is now attached to a Flying Corps. This information was communicated to his family by cable last Monday. Till quite recently Pitman was a sergeant in the infantry, and it was only a few weeks ago that he was complimented by Major-General Cox for bravery in digging -out, under fire, a wounded comrade, who had been buried by shell fire.


ATHLETES. (1917, April 4). Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917), p. 8. Retrieved September 15, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154544814


Mr. and, Mrs. H. W. Pitman, of Eglinton street, Moonee Ponds, have been notified by cable that their son, Ernest, has been granted a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. Lieut. Pitman left as a private in Col. Grimwade's brigade, and has had about nine months' fighting with the artillery in France.


ROLL OF HONOR. (1917, April 19). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning. Retrieved May 11, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74602292



2nd Lieut. Ernest Pitman, of the  Essendon Harriers, was at the middle of July located at a Flying School at Grantham, in England. He was at latest advices flying a single-seater scouting machine, and had almost entirely recovered from a smash experienced a few weeks previously.




ATHLETES IN ARMS. (1917, September 26). Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917), p. 8. Retrieved September 15, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154544170



British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 Record

The index card indicates that Pitman served with the 4th Field Artillery Brigade as a Bombadier, Corporal and Brigade Sergeant Major; Royal Flying Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant, and the Royal Air Force as a Lieutenant.  His address was recorded as 101 Eglinton St, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.


Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950

4930  PITMAN, Ernest Stanley, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Aust

Born:  5 Oct 1891 at East St Kilda, Victoria, Aust

Nationality: British

Rank:  2nd Lieut RFC (SR)

Date: 25th June 1917


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall L-R (E)

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

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