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Lieutenant Cecil Mortimer Pitts-Tucker, 1st Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry

December 21, 2019



Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1914, Lieutenant Cecil Mortimer Pitts-Tucker, 1st Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action during the fighting near Festubert in France.

Educated at Ellerslie and Charterhouse, he attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry in April of 1910.  From October of 1912 to March of 1913 he was A.D.C. to Colonel the Honourable Sir James S. Meston. K.C.S.I.. Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces, India, where he proved himself, between duties, to be a champion polo player and golfer.

After his death at Festubert his commanding officer wrote to his parents:  "Your son was killed after making a gallant charge to go to the aid of a brother officer with a few men he had gathered round him.  All were shot down.  He was as fine a soldier as one could wish to see, and a true and affectionate comrade, and he met his soldier's death just in the manner all who knew him knew he would."   Lieutenant Pitts-Tucker was buried near Festubert but his resting place is now unknown;  he is remembered on the Le Touret memorial in France, and on the Fremington war memorial in Devon.

Cecil, from Barnstable in Devon, was 24 years old.




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