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Pte 40139 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion, Leeds Pals

Albert Kitson was born on the 23rd of February 1889, but there are two possible places where he could have been born. One is Southill Nether and the other is Chickenley Heath in Yorkshire. Both are places near Batley but they do not appear to be the same place.

Albert could have been the son of Luke Kitson, a coal hewer, and Susan Parkinson. They were married in March 1880. There were four other children; Harry, Horace and Florry who were older than Albert, and one who was younger – Lewis. Their mother died possibly between 1910 and 1911 (Source: 1911 Census).

In 1901, they were living at Dewsbury Road, but ten years later they had moved to 33 Church Street in Ossett. At this point, Albert is listed as working as a coal miner (filler). (Source: 1901, 1911 Census)

As Albert’s service record has not survived, we cannot tell when he joined up, but we do know something of his service in the army.

On the 27th of March 1918, he was captured at Mory, which is north of Bapaume and south of Arras, before he and the battalion had reached Ayette. Albert was held at Parchim POW camp for the remainder of the war until he was repatriated and released. (Source: POW records)

He was transferred to class Z on 6th of March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. (Source: Medal Card)

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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