The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private F L Chitty


Photograph by "Mr Bob"

Private Francis Leonard CHITTY, G/20697, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 20th April 1918, age 19. 

Born Tottenham, N. son of Edward Chitty.

1911 Census - 6 Plevna Road, Edmonton - Edmund Chitty, head, age 53, married, cab driver, own account, born Elstead, Surrey; Charlotte Chitty, wife, age 50, married 30 years, 13 children, 10 still alive, born Paddington, London; Edith Florine Chitty, daughter, age 23, single, born Westminster, London; Edmond John Chitty, son, age 22, single, builders labourer, born Westminster, London; Albert William Chitty, son, age 16, single, carriers, van boy, born St Pancras, London; *Frederick George Chitty, son, age 14, newsagents, errand boy, born Tottenham, Middlesex; Francis Leonard Chitty, son, age 12, school, born Tottenham, Middlesex; Ernest Alfred Chitty, son, age 10, school, born Tottenham, Middlesex; Florence Annie Turner, visitor, age 17, single, private means, born St Pancras, London.

Enlisted London, SW, age 18 years & 7 months, height 5ft 6¾ inches, weight 112lbs, wax right ear, flattish feet.  Resided 25 Caledonian Street, Kings Cross, London, N. Formerly labourer.

Home 13th October 1916 to 17th February 1918; BEF / Italian Expeditionary Force, 18th February 1918 to 20th April 1918.

13th October 1916, deemed to have enlisted for General Service; 11th April 1917, called up for Service; 1st September 1917, transferred to 253rd Infantry Battalion, 1st November 1917, transferred to 51st (Grad.) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, Service No. G/24662; 20th December 1917, Colchester, overstaying his leave from midnight 19th until reporting himself at 12.30am on the 21st, 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 30th December 1917, transferred to 3rd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment; 31st December 1917, Newhaven, being in possession of altered Service Dress trousers, pay for damage; 10th February 1918, Newhaven, overstaying his overseas pass from midnight, 10th February 1918 until 8.30am 11th February 1918, when warned for Service overseas, admonished & forfeits 1 days pay; 19th February 1918, embarked; 20th February 1918, disembarked;  20th February 1918, Infantry Base Depot, posted to 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th February 1918, joined Battalion in the Field; 28th March 1918, joined Battalion, Italian Expeditionary Force, "A" Company; 3rd April 1918, returned to France.

Buried at  Tannay British Cemetery, Plot 1. Row D. Grave 6., Thiennes, Nord, France.

* Private Frederick George Chitty, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, 32023,  died 23rd March 1918, age 22, commemorated at Arras Memorial.

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