No.14025, Private, Frederick PETTITT
7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Frederick Pettitt was born in Woodditton (Newmarket Q3-1893 3B:491), son of George and Rebecca PETTITT (née JEFFERY).
1901 census...Aged 7, Fred Pettitt was living with his uncle and aunt Samuel and Maryann WOOLLARD ( his mother's sister) in Woodditton. They were his legatees. His mother Rebecca  was at Little Ditton with his sister Lily , staying with his grandfather James JEFFERY  carter on farm; uncles Ambrose  and James  both farm labourers. His father has not been identified in any census after his marriage.
1911 census...Aged 17, Fred Pettitt, a horse man on farm, was living with his uncle and aunt Samuel and Maryann WOOLLARD at Black Hall, Woodditton. His mother  was recorded as married and was at the Workhouse, Exning Road, Newmarket
He enlisted in Newmarket. His regimental number is 14225 with CWGC
Christmas 1916 for the 7th Suffolks was spent in billets at Ambrines and after five weeks training they were lent to the 36th Brigade as a working battalion, employed on a new railway line between Agnez and Acq(Agny -Achincourt). It is a puzzle how he was the only man of the 7th Suffolk to die that day and his grave is unknown. Perhaps his grave was lost in later fighting.
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