Harry KITCHEN
Rank: Private
Number: G/4382
Unit: 23rd Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 15 February 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France

Harry Kitchen, senior, was a provision dealer and was married to Susan. In 1901, they were living at 80 Grenville Street, Edgeley and had four young children - Edith (then aged 9), Doris (6), Harry (4) and Frank (just 1 month). By the War, they had moved to 62 Bloom Street. Harry, junior, was now working in the Manchester offices of the St Helens Smelting Company - refiners of antimony.

He enlisted in November 1915 and will have gone overseas on active service some weeks later after training. At some point he undertook additional training to operate one of the Battalion's light Lewis machine guns. The Battalion's official War Diary contains scant details of the day Harry was killed and there is no mention of casualties. They appear to have been in a reserve area and made a move from Senlis to a position nearer the front line known as Wolfe Huts. As far as can be established, the huts were near the Albert-Bapaume road, presumably close to the village of Ovillers where he is buried. No doubt, he was killed by random German shellfire.

   
           
   
     
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