Kitson, Second Lieutenant Harold Strachan

No 69 (Australian) Sqn RFC, attached to No 45 Training Sqn RFC

Harold Kitson came from Melbourne, where he was born on 26 October 1894, and originally joined the 10th Infantry Battalion at Morphettville, South Australia, on 22 August 1914, when he was
working as a Clerk; he was discharged as unsuitable on 22 September. In March 1916, he joined the AFC in Melbourne, only to be discharged in June as being surplus to requirements. On his third attempt to serve, after becoming an Engineering Student, he enlisted in No 2 Sqn AFC in Melbourne on 5 October 1916 and left Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October, after being commissioned. On arrival in England he trained as a pilot with No 49 Reserve Sqn RFC. He was taken on strength by No 69 (Australian) Sqn from No 63 Sqn RFC in May, before No 63 Sqn left for Mesopotamia in June, and posted to No 45 Training Sqn RFC for further training.

He was killed in an aircraft accident 3 miles north east of South Carlton, England, on 15 June 1917 while flying Sopwith Pup B1734 when the aeroplane did not recover from a spinning nose dive after an attempted loop and spin from 8000 feet. The Court of Enquiry determined that Lt Kitson had become giddy through spinning and lost control of the aeroplane.

2Lt H S Kitson is buried in Grave D 454 at Lincoln (Newport) Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England.

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