Fitch, Douglas (1896-1917)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Douglas Fitch (1896-1917), born 26 October 1896 at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Only son of Charles Fitch (Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers) and Janet Fitch of Beech Hurst, Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey, formerly of Mereside, Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey.
Attended Oakfield Preparatory School, Rugby.
Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1911-July 1913.
Travelled abroad to learn languages. Attended St. Lo, Normandy.
WW1, Joined the Inns of Court OTC in July 1915 and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on 12 August 1916. Served in France and Flanders from 20 August 1916 and his name was added to a waiting list for a permanent commission in the Artillery. He was killed on 16 October 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele.
La Clytte Military Cemetery, III. E. 13 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/438352/FITCH,%20DOUGLAS
Personal inscription on headstone: '[IN THE WORDS OF HIS COLONEL] HE WAS AN EXAMPLE TO ALL'.
The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens www.stmargaretpattens.org/Memorials.htm
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour. C. Fitch donated £5.5s. towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of his son, 2nd Lt. D. Fitch.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, December 1917: 'SECOND-LIEUT. DOUGLAS FITCH, R.F.A., who was killed on October 16th, was born at Hoddesdon, and would have been 21 years of age on October 25th. He was educated at Oakfield, Rugby, Sherborne, and at St. Lo, Normandy. He joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. in July, 1915, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. in the R.F.A., on August 12th 1916. He was immediately sent to the front, and took part in several actions. He was recently successful in having his name added to a waiting list for a permanent commission in the Artillery. His Colonel, writing of him in the early part of this year said: 'Your boy possesses any amount of grit, is a good boy, and a very plucky one... He will make a good and useful field artillery officer.' He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Charles Fitch, of Beech Hurst, Kingswood, Tadworth.'