PITT, ROLAND PHILLIP
Son of Frank Pitt of Deloraine, died of enteric fever, June 11th 1900.
The following is taken from a letter written by Roland Pitt’s mother
“He was the third son of Thomas Pitt and grandson of the late A.F.Rooke of the “Retreat, Deloraine, born at Hagley September 14th 1874. He took a great interest in the volunteers, and joined the Deloraine Company at an early age. He was also a member of the Ulverstone Company for three years. He then went to Queenstown and from there to Zeehan, where he was in the employ of the Western S.M. He volunteered for active service December 24th 1899 and left Launceston with the Second contingent January 18th, 1900 and joined the First Contingent, under Major Cameron, at Bloenfontein in April. He took part in the advance to Pretoria, the Sand River, battle and occupation of Kroonstadt, but was sent back from there at the end of May, and died of enteric fever at Norval’s Pont, the 11th June 1900.”
A framed photo was hung in the Town Hall, Deloraine to his memory.
The above notes were taken from
Tasmanians in the Transvaal War by John Bufton
For more information http://www.hagsoc.org.au/sagraves/bios/pitt.php
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