|Place of birth||Portland, Victoria|
|School||Koroit Catholic School, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, Mr G W Pitcher, Koroit, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served in the 71st Infantry, Ballarat, and for 12 months in the Yarra Borderers, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||5th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/22/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||59th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Fleurbaix, France|
|Age at death from cemetery records||21|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||V.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: George and Mary PITCHER, 9 Geddes Street, Ascot Vale, Victoria. Native of Portland, Victoria|
|Family/military connections||Cousin: E. WILLIAMS, killed in action, France [cannot be further identified]|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Found guilty, at sea, 29 March 1916, of leaving ship without permission: awarded 168 hours' detention.
Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.
Posted missing, 19 July 1916.
Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.
Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, PITCHER Basil Bernard|