Kitto, Private Francis (1404)

AFC Details

Francis Kitto was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and was living in Australia as a Railway Porter aged 33, when he joined the 18th Infantry Battalion at Liverpool NSW on 19 April 1915. He departed from Sydney on HMAT A40 Ceramic on 25 June but failed to embark at Alexandria with the battalion in August when his unit boarded ship for the Dardanelles. However, he did serve at Gallipoli in October and was wounded in the hip only two weeks after arrival. After hospital treatment he was transferred to the 53rd Battalion in April 1916, and was wounded in the arm and
leg while with that unit in France in July. His service was punctuated with a number of charges of being absent without leave and various periods in hospitals. He transferred to the AFC in the UK in October 1917 and served at the AFC Training Depot at Bulford.

He contracted influenza in early November 1918 and died of pneumonia in Sutton Veny Hospital on 25 November.

Pte F Kitto is buried in Grave A41 at Tidworth Military Cemetery, England.

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