The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W D Chittenden


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Private William David CHITTENDEN, NR/20237, (9351), 5th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died 17th November 1915, at Lower Southern Military Hospital, Dartford, Kent from syncope, following septic pneumonia.

Resided 11 Queen Street, Chatham, Kent.

Enlisted 23rd September 1914, age 50 into No.6. Chatham Battalion, National Reserve, previously served with Royal Engineers.

Home 23rd September 1914 to 17th November 1915.

Widow, Mary Ann Chittenden, (nee Tomlin), no children.

20th November 1915, Inquest being held into his death.

24th December 1915 - Report on the death of 20237, Pte W Chittenden, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Pte Chittenden was admitted to the Southern Military Hospital, Dartford, on November 14th 1915. He was an emergency case having been found in an unconscious condition on the railway near Greenhithe tunnel where he was on duty guarding a portion of the line. That he had accidently swallowed pure cresol was proved by (1). The escharotic condition of his bucal mucous membrance (2) The removal by stomach pump of stomach contents smelling strongly of cresol. (3) The finding of a beer bottle containing the same chemical near his post. He rallied somewhat but developed a severe septic pneumonia from which he died four day later. A post-mortem examination was made and all of tge above facts verified. The date 23rd September 1914, has no bearing whatsoever upon his death which was undoubtedly due to the secondary results of swallowing the cresol. Coroners verdict, death by misadventure.

Buried at Dartford (East Hill) Cemetery, 773., United Kingdom.

NOTE: not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War; but included on CWGC web site.

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