Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; St Peter’s, Shipley; Saltaire Wesleyan Church, Nab Wood
Regiment: 10 Northumberland Fusiliers
Wilfred’s story is told on Colin Coates’ Saltaire WW1 site, link below, but we also came across this mention in the Shipley Times & Express on 22 October 1915.Driver W Kitchen of 2 Dove Street, Saltaire, who is serving on the Continent with the British Expeditionary Force, has written relating his experience at the Front. He is engaged in taking munitions up to the trenches which he says is very difficult and dangerous work.They have their quiet times, he says, as well as their rough times and it gets to feel very much like being home.One of his companions in the trenches is Sam Hall of Saltaire and the two make a joint appeal to the people of Shipoley for the gift of a football. With the coming of dull days, they require something with which to pass the time.He adds that matters are looking better in France and the Germans are ‘fed up.’
And on 17 August 1917, we read this:Mr and Mrs Fred Kitchen of 2 Dove Street, Saltaire, have received intimation that their son, Pte Wilfred Kitchen, who had been missing since September of last year, must now be presumed dead.Pte Kitchen, who was in the Northumberland Fusiliers, joined Kitchener’s Army and he had seen much experience in France.He was married and previous to the war was in the employ of the Darlington Urban District Council.