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Private W H Kitsell


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Private William Harry KITSELL, G/613, 6th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 4th May 1917.  

1897, born Northfleet, Kent, son of Harry James & Charlotte Elizabeth Kitsell, 35 Lawn Road, Northfleet, Kent.


1911 Census - 35 Lawn Road, Northfleet, Kent - Harry Kitsell, head, age 50, married, cooper, cement works, worker, born Blackfriars, London; Charlott Kitsell, wife, age 50, married 31 years, 11 children, 7 still alive, born Woolwich, London; Charles Kitsell, son, age 22, single. cooper, cement works, worker, born Northfleet, Kent; Elsie Kitsell, daughter, age 19, single, general servant domestic, born Northfleet, Kent; William Kitsell, son, age 14, labourer, cement works, worker, born Northfleet, Kent; Dorothy Kitsell, daughter, age 8, school,  born Northfleet, Kent; Dorothy Giles, grandaughter, age 1, born Gravesend, Kent.


Enlisted Gravesend, Kent, age 19 years & 63 days, height 5ft 7 inches, weight 121lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, scar right shin.   Formerly labourer.

Home 29th August 1914 to 31st May 1915; BEF 1st June 1915 to 5th July 1916; Home 6th July 1916 to 4th January 1917; BEF 5th January 1917 to 4th May 1917.

29th August 1914, enlisted; 30th August 1914, joined at Gravesend, Kent; 1st September 1914, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st June 1915, embarked; 18th March 1916, 37 Field Ambulance, gun shot wound right arm; 19th March 1916, 6 Casualty Clearing Station; 30th March 1916, 18 Ambulance Train; 31st March 1916, Rouen, 10 General Hospital, gun shot wound, right arm; 18th April 1916, Etaples, 18 Infantry Base Depot; 30th April 1916, rejoined Battalion, In the Field; 3rd July 1916, wounded in action; 3rd July 1916, 36 Field Ambulance, gun shot wound, left forearm; 5th July 1916, to England, ex General Hospital, Havre, Hospital Ship "Oxfordshire"; 6th July 1916 to 16th August 1916, Reading War Hospital, gun shot wound left arm; 16th August 1916 to 27th September 1916, Woodcote Convalescent Hospital, Epsom; 6th October 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th December 1916, Rochester, absent from Roll Call at 7.00am 27th December when warned for a draft, 7 days confined to Barracks, deprived 6 days pay, forfeits 2 days pay; 5th January 1917, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th January 1917, embarked/ disembarked; 8th January 1917, joined Battalion, "D" Company.

27th June 1919, Statement of Relatives, completed by Mother? signed by x - Father, Harry James, 35 Lawn Road, Northfleet; Mother, Charlotte Elizabeth, 35 Lawn Road, Northfleet; Brothers - Charles Robert, age 31; Walter George, age 21; Sisters - Maude Giles, age 34, 72 Alsaints Road, Northfleet; Elsie Wright, age 28, 35 Lawn Road, Northfleet; Edith Savin, age 25, Milton Road, Swanscombe; Dorothy Kitsell, age 19, 35 Lawn Road, Northfleet; Grandparents - Mrs Wood, age 86; Nephews / Nieces - Bernard Giles, age 13; Maude Giles, age 11; Ivy? Giles, age 8; Dorothy Giles, age 10.

Buried at Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, V. D. 6., Arras, France.


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