Huitt, Richard Henry William

2nd, Lt, Richard Henry William Huitt, Royal Garrison Artillery

BORN FIFE, SCOTLAND, 18/06/1892. SON OF SERGEANT MAJOR, ALEXANDER  HENRY PEGG HUITT (1870-1929) & CAROLINE FURMIDGE (1870-1951). HIS FATHER WAS AN “EXEMPLARY” SOLDIER, WITH 21 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERYHE HAD FOUGHT IN THE BOER WAR CAMPAIGN AND MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES BY LORD ROBERTS. HE RE-ENLISTED AND SERVED IN THE WAR AS A SERGEANT MAJOR. A FORMER BAKER. HE LIVED AT 63 COLONIAL STREET, SPRING BANK, HULL.

RICHARD ALSO ENLISTED IN THE ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY. SERVED AS CORPORAL, 25535, ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY AND WAS PROMOTED TO SECOND LIEUTENANT, IN THE 77TH SIEGE BATTERY. HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY KILLED IN A FIRE AT HEADQUARTERS, ON 13/12/1917, AGED 24. HE WAS OVERCOME BY SMOKE AND BURNT TO DEATH. HIS BOY WAS IDENTIFIED AND HE WAS BURIED ON 24/12/1917.

HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 12/01/1918.

HE HAD FOUR BROTHERS SERVING, THREE IN FRANCE AND ONE IN SALONIKA, TWO WERE ENTITLED TO THE MONS MEDAL.


First name:
RICHARD HENRY WILLIAM
Rank:
2nd Lieutenant
Date Died
13/12/1917
Place died:
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Age:
24
KELSEY HILL COTTAGE, BURSTWICK, , EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE, UK