2nd Lt. Oswald Daniel Hitter, MM

1891 Jun 13. Born Mutford, Suffolk (the mother is alone in 1891 and 1911census as well). Daniel Hitter married Laura Cook in 1886. Daniel Hitter was a fisherman, which is why he was never on the censuses

1901 census at 32, Haward Street, Lowestoft

1911 He is not with his mother in 1911 census. He is a Hairdresser's Assistant and living as a boarder in Croydon

1915 Jul 25 Lands in France

Wounded twice on Somme: 22 October 1916 -  shell wound to right knee; 29 October 1916 - gunshot wound to his face.  Entitled to 1914-15 Star trio. His papers refer to the announcement of his MM in Part II orders on 25 November 1916, also noted in the 10th Essex war diary that month. It is possible that the award was for the part he played in the Regina Trench action although this is not confirmed. CQMS 6 July 1917 and commissioned as T 2nd Lieut, 3rd Reserve Bn Essex R, 28 October 1918.

1917 Jan 5, MM gazetted

1918 Oct 28 Commissioned 2nd Lt in 3rd Essex.

1920 Nov 22. Joined ADRIC with service no 1088. Posted to K Coy

1921 Mar 26. Posted to Depot Coy .

Fined 3 days pay by Coy Commander

1921 Apr 16. Posted to R Coy and A/CQM.

1921 Jun 1. Relinquishes post of A/CQM

1921 Aug 13 to 26 on Leave

1921 Aug 15. Married in Dublin to Agnes McK McGowan. Note he was part of the ADRIC guard at Mountjoy

1921 Dec 9 to 22 Dec on Leave

1922 Jan 16. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1929 Aug 20 Died Norfolk age 39. Presumably of TB as Nayland was the East Anglia TB Sanitarium