TravelGenee’s Friday Family History Finds

Friday Family History FindsThis is the first in what may become a regular post: TravelGenee’s Friday Family History Finds. They will be interesting bits and pieces I have found recently while researching my own family history.

Week #1 of TravelGenee’s Friday Family History Finds

I have had online access to Francis KITTO’s military records for a few years now however the writing is unclear in many sections and I need to learn more about understanding the military short hand so I was uncertain if he was involved with the Gallipoli campaigns in World War 1. This week I found a notice in the Evening Post from Wellington, New Zealand, mentioning he had spent “eight months on Gallipoli”.

See the third paragraph for details on Private F Kitto.

PapersPast: F KItto

Source: PapersPast

Francis KITTO
Birth 29 Mar 1881 in Taranaki Street, Wellington, New Zealand.
Death 25 Nov 1918 in Military Hospital Suttonberry, UK.


Mr. F. Kitto, Manners-street, has re-
ceived advice that his eldest son, Pri-
vate Francis Kitto (Australian Forces),
died of influenza at Sutton Veny Military
Hospital on 25th November. The late
Private Kitto had had nearly four years‘
service—eight months on Gallipoli and
the remainder in France. He was twice
wounded, and on the first occassion had
to undergo eight operations for shrapnel
wounds. Private Kitto was born in Wel-
‘linglon, 36 years ago, and received his
education at Mount Cook and TeAro
Schools. Previous ‘to his enlistment he
was employed in the Railway Depart-
ment, Sydney. He is a brother of Mr.
A. Kitto, well known in Rugby football
circles in this city.

My family History for 12 December 1918.

Did you have any interesting finds this week? Feel free to comment.

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