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Born: 1894, Eccleshill
Died: 29 October 1918
Buried: Tezze Military Cemetery
Address: 35 Chapel Street, Eccleshill
Parents: Tom and Mary, nee Oddy
Siblings: Annie, Jane
Occupation: Mule Piecer, Walker & Sons, Calverley
Organisations/clubs: Eccleshill Congregational Sunday School
Rank: Sgt
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s
Regiment: West Yorkshire Regt
Charles Edward Kitson
Charles Edward Kitson, known as Charlie, was born in 1894 in Eccleshill. He was the second of three children of Tom and Mary, nee Oddy. By 1911 the family were living at 35 Chapel Street, Eccleshill. Charlie at 17 years of age is a mule piecer. At the time of his enlistment he was employed by Messrs Walton and Sons, Calverley and was a member of Eccleshill Congregational Sunday School. Charlie enlisted in January 1916 as Private 18640 in the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regimentt. At some point he transferred to the 11th Battalion of
the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) where he became Sergeant 43721. During October 1916 whilst fighting on the Western Front he was wounded in the face by shrapnel and spent time in a base hospital where the pieces of metal were extracted. In November of 1917 his unit transferred with his Division to Italy and a year later he was killed in action. Captain F E Douglas wrote to his family “I very much regret that
your son, Sgt. C Kitson was killed in action on October 27th. “He had behaved with great gallantry throughout the day and was killed as we were clearing up the remaining Austrians. “At the time he was trying to bomb a machine gun which had opened fire at very close range and killed and wounded several men. “He made the attempt entirely on his own initiative and met with a very gallant death. I had known your son for over a year and had always found him, in action and in
billets, one of the very best of men and of soldiers”. He was 24 years of age and is buried in the Tezze Military Cemetery. The village of Tezze was held by the Austrians until the Allied forces crossed the River Piave in the early hours of the 27th of October. Many of those who died on the north-east side of the river on that day are buried in the Tezze British Cemetery. Charlie left his effects to his mother Mary who received £30.1.3d on the 12th May 1919 which included his War Gratuity of £9.0.0d.
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. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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