Herbert Pithers (Private No. 24307) - 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry - 5th Brigade - 2nd Division
Herbert was born in Burnham, Bucks in 1885, and probably did not move to Eton Wick until he was a married family man. No record has been found in the Porny School registers of him having attended school there. Home was at "Farm Cottages", The Common, Eton Wick and there were five children, Steve, Billy, Emily, Martha and Ada.
The cottage they moved into was certainly very old and inadequate for the family of seven. It was the middle house of three, situated on the west side of Little Common. There was one main living room and a back room which also served as the larder, with just two bedrooms. The uneven earth floor was covered with rickety tiles, and when in the 1920’s the roof needed repairs, it was discovered that beneath the tiles were tell-tale elm poles of one time thatched roofing. The houses were later demolished and were replaced with a modern bungalow for Mr and Mrs Cooley. It is not known what work Herbert Pithers found when he came to Eton Wick or when he enlisted at Slough. His youngest son, Billy, later worked for Mr George Tarrant at Manor Farm.
|War diary for late February 1917|
|Herbert Pither soldiers effects record|
|The Thiepval Memorial|
Details of the Thiepval Memorial can be found on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
This is an extract from Their Names Shall Be Carved in Stone
and published here with grateful thanks to the author Frank Bond. It has been amended to include information that was not available to Mr Bond when he was undertaking his research in the 1990’s.
Herbert Pithers is remembered on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Herbert's wife's name was Harriet Mary Maidment who was born in Windsor in 1882, they were married in October 1903. They had 5 children of which three are recorded as living on the 1911 census, Emily, 5, Martha, 2 and Herbert, 1. The children are shown as being born in Dorney. The census records 2 New Cottages, Dorney Common as the family home. Herbert's occupation is stated as a cowman.
Harriet remarried in the 3rd quarter of 1920 to George Smith.