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Ernest Herbert Pitcher
Born (1888-12-31)December 31, 1888
Died February 10, 1946(1946-02-10) (aged 57)
Place of birth Mullion, Cornwall
Place of death Sherborne, Dorset
Buried at Northbrook Cemetery, Swanage
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Chief Petty Officer
Unit HMS Dunraven
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Croix de Guerre (France)
Médaille Militaire

Ernest Herbert Pitcher VC, DSM (31 December 1888 – 10 February 1946) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Pitcher was 28 years old, and a petty officer in the Royal Navy during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 8 August 1917 in the Bay of Biscay, Atlantic, Petty Officer Pitcher was the 4-inch gun layer on HMS Dunraven (one of the Q ships) when she was shelled by an enemy submarine. He and the rest of the crew waited while the battle went on overhead and all around them. When the magazine below them caught fire they took up cartridges and held them on their knees to prevent the heat of the deck igniting them and when the magazine finally blew up they were all blown into the air.

His VC was awarded by ballot of the gun crew,[1] along with Lieutenant Charles George Bonner. Pitcher also served in the Second World War and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer.[2]


  1. London Gazette Issue 30363 published on the 30 October 1917 p11315
  2. CWGC entry

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