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George Gittos  G Gittos        Essex Regiment

Gittos Memorial     Gittos Memorial

Surname Gittos
Forename/s George
Rank Private
Service Number 20247
DOB 1888 at Wingerworth
Address  Chapman Lane, Grassmoor.
Date & place of death/details 16/4/1918 Aged 29
Killed in action.
Regiment & Unit 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment
Service details Gallipoli, Egypt, France & Flanders.
Military Awards?  
Married?               Children? Married to Harriet Gittos (nee Bennett).
3 Children.
Any photographs? Derbyshire Times 28/10/16 & 4/5/18
Deryshire Courier 4/5/18
Derbyshire Times & Deryshire Courier Obituary? Derbyshire Times 4/5/1918 (page 4)
Deryshire Courier 4/5/18 (page 5)
Derbyshire Times Obituary
Parents names Mr Arthur & Mrs Mary Gittos.
Parents address Wingerworth.
Grave location or   memoria location Buried at Chocques Military Cemetery, France
Living relatives?  
Any other information? Joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1915 then transfered to Essex Regiment.
Took part in the Somme offensive.
Previously serverely wounded by shrapnel in October 1916.
Pre war occupation was an engine driver at the Clay Cross Company's No. 9 Avenue Colliery.
Also remembered on the Grassmoor & Wingerworth War Memorials.
He had 3 brothers who also served in WW1
His wife remarried a Mr William Chadwick in 1919.

Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal

Victory Medal
Given the information available it is likely that George Gittos was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
British War Medal

British War Medal
From the information available, it is very possible that George Gittos was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.