BITTEN, George William

No.42797, Private, George William BITTEN
Aged 27 (CWGC have 29)

4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
formerly 26411, Bedfordshire Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Monday, 24th June 1918

George William Bitten was born in Cowlinge in 1891 (Risbridge Q2-1891 4A:728), baptised in Cowlinge on 7th June 1891, son of Charles Arthur and Agnes Elizabeth Bitten (née RANSOME).

1901 census...Aged 9 he was at Lambfair Green with his father Charles Arthur BITTEN [39] farm labourer; his mother Agnes [37]; brothers Harry [11], Walter [7] Lawrence [6] and twins Jack and Fred [11 months] and sister Ellen [3]. All are recorded as born in Cowlinge.

1911 census...Aged 19, a farm labourer, he was at Lambfair Green with his parents; brothers Walter, (farm labourer) , Lawrence (a gardener's labourer), twins Fred and Jack; sisters Ellen, Edith[7] and Hilda [5] born in Cowlinge. His mother had borne 10 children but one had died.

The pension card shows the family had not moved from Lambfair Green.

Four brothers died in the great War, Arthur (known as Harry), Lawrence (known as Daniel) Charles (known as Walter) and George William, all are commemorated on this memorial. All of them have their given name order changed throughout their lives in civilian or Army records.

He enlisted in Newmarket in February 1916.
In the absence of his service records it is not known where or when he was wounded, but his Soldiers Personal Effects file shows he died in Fulham Military Hospital.
His burial place, the Congregational Chapel is now a private dwelling but as shown below, a special memorial for all four brothers was installed by the CGWC in the Churchyard of St Mary's.


George Bitten is buried in Cowling Congregational Chapel graveyard, photo here courtesy of
and has a special memorial in Cowlinge (St Margaret of Antioch) Churchyard, south of church naming all four brothers

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details