The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

L /Cpl W W H Kitchen


Photograph by "Andrew Pritchard"

Photograph by "Basher Eyre"

Lance Corporal William Walter Henry KITCHEN, 8742, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died 3rd July 1919, Hambledon, Surrey, age 30.

1889, born Rotherthithe, Surrey, son Joseph Benjamin & Caroline Mary Kitchen, 6 Trident Street, Rotherhithe, SE.

1911 Census - Quebee, West Kent Regiment, Headley, Alton, Hampshire - William Kitchen, Drummer, age 22, single, 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Soldier, born Rotherhithe.

1911 Census - 6 Trident Street, Rotherhithe, SE. - Joseph Kitchen, head, age 44, married, ganger, scavenger, Bermondsey Borough Council, worker, born Rotherhithe, London; Caroline Kitchen, wife, age 42, married 23 years, 7 children, 4 still alive, born Rotherhithe, London; Henry Arthur Charles Kitchen, son, age 19, single, packing case maker, apprentice, packing case maker, worker, born Rotherhithe, London; Lilian Kitchin, daughter, age 15, single, tie ironer, tie maker, worker, born Rotherhithe, London; Lenard Albert Kitchen, son, age 9, school, born Rotherhithe, London.

16th April 1911, St Mary the Virgin, Shalford, Surrey, William Walter Henry Kitchen, age 22, bachelor, Soldier, Headley, father Joseph Benjamin Kitchen, labourer, married Ruby Emmeline Edwards, age 18, spinster, Shalford, father Willkiam James Edwards, deceased, labourer. 

Children - Cora Mary Kitchen, born, 18th July 1911, baptised 18th September 1912, Dublin; Ruby Lilian Kitchen, born 7th July 1912, Dublin, baptised 18th September 1912, Dublin; William Henry Kitchen, born 23rd January 1915, Hambledon, Surrey.

Previously served 3rd Battalion, Militia, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Enlisted 14th September 1907, London, age 18 years & 8 months, height 5ft 3½ inches, weight 113lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, scar back of head, pierced heart painted in red, right forearm, anchor etc left forearm, painted in red. Resided c/o Mrs Cook, New Street, Chilworth, nr Guildford, Surrey. Formerly general labourer.

Home, 14th September 1907 to 13th August 1914; BEF, 14th August 1914 to 8th December 1918; Home, 9th December 1918 to 24th January 1919.

14th September 1907, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th September 1907 to 16th October 1907, Maidstone Hospital, abscess; 10th December 1907. awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 7th January 1908, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th December 1910 to 16th December 1910, Aldershot Hospital, astigmatisation, glasses ordered; 5th January 1911, appointed Drummer, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th January 1911, permitted to extend his Service to complete 12 years with the Colours; 30th April 1913. awarded 2nd Class Certificate of Education; 2nd August 1913, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 8th November 1913, appointed paid Lance Corporal & relinquished appointment of Drummer; 22nd May 1914, passed examination for promotion to Corporal; 23rd August 1914, "missing"; confirmed as Prisoner of War; 27th December 1917, transferred to Switzerland; 9th December 1918, repatriated London; 9th December 1918 to 12th December 1918, Fulham Military Hospital, Hammersmith, Phthisis, transferred to Netley War Hospital; 15th December 1918 to 7th January 1919, Netley War Hospital; Guildford Hospital, 7th January 1919 to 22nd January 1919.

24th January 1919, discharged  as "no longer physically fit for War Service" due to sickness. Silver War Badge issued.

Pension, 27/6 a week for 52 weeks, expires 27th January 1920. Disability, pulmonary tuberculosis, prevents 100%. Allowance for 3 children 15/10? a week.

Buried Shalford Cemetery, Section D, Grave 97, Guildford Borough, Surrey. Widows address, Wilbury Farm, nr Offley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Commemorated on a bronze plaque in St Thomas Church, New Road, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey.

Previously Commemorated in The United Kingdom Book of Remembrance. The Register is maintained at C.W.G.C. Head Office, Maidenhead, Berkshire. (Viewing by appointment only). The United Kingdom Book of Remembrance commemorates United Kingdom casualties of the two World Wars who were not formerly recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The men and women remembered here are presently commemorated solely by their database and register entry. The Commission will continue to investigate the grave location details.

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