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Hilo Pitt- Dead Man's Penny Recipient.

CHINCH

master brummie
Hello, I wonder
if the good people on this forum might be able to help?
In my local paper yesterday there was an article regarding the attempts to locate the relatives of a Dead Man's Penny recipient, Hilo Pitt.
The Dead Man's Penny was issued by the government, to families in the first world war who had lost members, as recognition of their sacrifice. The penny was found in a house which was about to be demolished, it is a 12cm disc cast in bronze gunmetal with Hilo Pitt's name inscribed on it.
Hilo Pitt was born in 1888 in Warwickshire and died aged 16 in 1914, presumably in battle, and is buried in La Ferte-sous-Jouarre memorial in France on the south bank of the river Marne. He was a sergeant in the 1st Bn; South Wales Borderers (SERVICE NO; 7800).
If anyone might be able to help , or if there are any relatives of Hilo Pitt out there, could you please contact Lesley by e-mailing, [email protected].
Thank you .
CHINCH
 

MWS

master brummie
It appears he was illegitimate and was adopted by a family by the name of Tipton.

In 1891 he is living in Alma St, Smethwick with George Tipton, his wife Levinia (?) and daughter Emma.

In 1901 he is living he is living in Cranford St, Smethwick with his adopted sisters (?) Edith Alice Tipton and Emma.

It appears Edith marries Arthur Henry Parr in 1902.

Whilst Emma appears to marry Ernest George Anslow in 1910.

Edith and Arthur had 2 daughters, Olive and Hilda.

Emma and Ernest had 1 daughter, Mary.
 

MWS

master brummie
Emma died in 1937. In 1939 Mary (b1911) was living in Smethwick with her father, and it indicates she marries am name Reynolds. She married Albert G Reynolds in 1964 Bham, too late to have children.
 

MWS

master brummie
In 1939 Olive (b1903) was living in Smethwick with Edith and Arthur. She marries Leslie H Lee in 1957, again probably too late for children. She dies in 1996, registered Stourbridge.

Hilda (b1907) possibly married Harold Martin in 1932 and in 1939 is living in Aldridge. She dies in 1995, registered Gipping and Hartismere, Suffolk.

There are a number of Martin/Parr children registered, 2 in Smethwick. Denice G in 1937 and Roderick in 1942.
 

MWS

master brummie
There's a possible marriage for Denice (or Denise) and if correct it appears she still alive.

There's no likely marriage for Roderick.
 

MWS

master brummie
Obviously those are all Hilo's adopted family, to find his biological family (mother's anyway) you'd need his birth certificate at least.
 

MWS

master brummie
There's also another adopted sister, Jenny, and she marries a James Andrews in 1899 Bham and has a number of children.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
how sad...only 16 he would not have had a clue what to do...really hope his family are traced....looks like his service records did not survive but his medal card did and he was killed in action on 26.9.14
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
hi chinch probably a typo error on your part but just realised he would have been 26 not 16 when he was killed in action..his soldiers effects records are also on ancestry...joined up in birmingham in 1902..he was in the bedstead trade and his will was a in favour of his sister edith alice parr...i have also checked ancestry to see if there are any public members trees for hilo pitt but unfortunately not...

lyn
 
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CHINCH

master brummie
Thank you all so much for your response to this query. I have been in touch with Lesley and he/she has ordered the birth certificate and said how brilliant this forum is. I happen to agree!! Hopefully the Dead Man's Penny will soon be with someone from Hilo's family where it belongs. Thank you again, everyone.
Kind regards, CHINCH
 
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