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Regimental number4158
Place of birthBurrow in Furness, Lancashire, England
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mr R.F. Atkinson, Willunga, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation50
Height5' 2.75"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinFather, J. Kitchin, 17 Rawlinson Street, Furness Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied of disease 24 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records41
Place of burialSutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard (Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 4), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 48th Bn, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 9 March 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 4th Division Artillery, 17 March 1916, and posted to 111th Battery the same day.

Appointed Driver, 17 April 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 19 April 1916, and posted to No 2 Section the same day.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 11th Field Artillery Bde, 23 December 1916.

On leave to England, 24 July 1917.

Admitted to hospital, England, 1 August 1917 (jaundice); transferred to Military Hospital, Barrow in Furness, 7 August 1917; discharged, 17 September 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, France, 19 September 1917.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 21 September 1917 (jaundice); transferred to 4th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 28 September 1917; discharged, 7 October 1917; rejoined unit, 8 October 1917.

Detached to Permanent Cadre of Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, 31 August 1918, for 3 month tour of duty; marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, England, 2 September 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, 18 October 1918 (influenza); transferred to Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 19 October 1918 (pneumonia, seriously ill).

Died, Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 24 October 1918 (influenza, and pneumonia).

Buried, St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Sutton Veny, 30 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KITCHIN William

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