An impressive memorial to Private Hitch VC
His monument was paid for by public subscription, one of the donations coming from the family of Major Chard VC. He died of pleura-pneumonia and heart failure thought to be have been brought on by his time on picket duty when the taxi drivers went on strike in December 1912. His funeral was an impressive service and was attended by fellow Rorke’s Drift VC winner John Fielding (Williams) Frank Bourne DCM and his very good friend Joseph John Farmer (Army Hospital Corps) also a VC winner who won his award at the battle of Majuba Hill 27th Feb 1881. Also, there was over a thousand London cab drivers who attended his funeral. He was buried with military honours provided by the South Wales Borderers at St Nicholas Churchyard, Chiswick Old Cemetery.
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