FORT PITT MILITARY CEMETERY

 

 

Kent

 

 

England

 

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Visiting Information

The opening times of the cemetery are as follows:

SUMMER: 10.00 - 16.00
WINTER: 10.00 - 15.00

The cemetery is on the main A229 road in Chatham. From London take the A2 south-east towards Kent (Dartford/Gravesend/Rochester), over Bridge Reach, then take the A229 towards Maidstone. Fort Pitt Military Cemetery is on the left hand side of the road.



Historical Information

During both wars there were naval and military establishments in the neighbourhood of Rochester, and some fishing and shipping at the port.

Fort Pitt Military Cemetery contains a plot of 265 First World War graves. The 25 Second World War graves (two of them unidentified) are north of the plot. All save two of them are together in a group.

 

3427 Private

Cecil Horace Price M. M.

13th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

24th September 1917, aged 24.

Grave ref 1472.

 

Son of Charles Harry and Louisa Emily Price. Native of Victoria, Australia.

 

Studio portrait of 3427 Private (Pte) Cecil Horace "Noddy" or "Noddie" Price, 13th Battalion, of North Sydney, NSW. A labourer prior to enlistment, he embarked from Sydney with the 11th Reinforcements aboard HMAT Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915. He was awarded a Military Medal, according to the recommendation "In the fighting near BULLECOURT on the 11th April, 1917, these two men showed conspicuous bravery as regimental stretcher bearers. The other two men of their squad were both hit by a shell whilst carrying a wounded man, and Privates Price and [3533 J H] Campbell were badly shaken, but they stuck to their work, returning again and again to the enemy's wire although under fire from snipers and machine guns. They continued at this work until both were severely wounded and then refusing help, dragged themselves to the Dressing Station. These men have done consistently good work in all our operations in FRANCE." Pte Price was evacuated to hospital in England but later died of wounds on 24 September 1917, aged 24. His brother 536 Private

Frederick Price, 36th Battalion also served in the First World War. A nephew born in 1919 was named Nodfred after his uncles Noddy and Frederick.
 

Picture and Text provided by Dale Wegener

Venturer Scout Leader

1st Bayview Sea Scouts

Sydney, Australia.