Private William James Kyte

Brother of Herbert Francis Kyte who also died in WW1 and is recorded on the Tilshead Memorial.

William’s birth was registered in the first ¼ 1893 in Amesbury Birth Register Volume 5a Page 162 refers. He was Baptised 21 May 1893 in Tilshead.  Note his medical record states his religion was ‘Weslyan’. 

Sadly, no service record exists for William but what records do exist suggest he enlisted into the Wiltshire Regiment (Service No 13291) with whom he probably did his basic training, possibly with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion a depot/training unit in Devizes.  The 3rd Battalion moved to Weymouth in April 1915 when he was possibly transferred to ‘back fill’ 6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) when they moved from Ireland to Basingstoke prior to their deployment to Gallipoli in May 1915.  (His Leinster Service Number was 1068).  His Medal Index Card shows he disembarked in the Balkans (Gallipoli) on 9 July 1915 (so he was entitled to the 1914/15 Star).  This ties in with the Leinster’s WW1 record.

On 9 July 1915 the Leinsters embarked at Liverpool and sailed to Gallipoli via Mudros and landed at Anzac Cove on 5 August 1915.

On 29 September 1915 the Leinsters then moved via Mudros to Salonika.  A medical record exists (wound or illness not known) from 28th General Hospital in Salonika that shows William was evacuated to Hospital on 23 Dec 1915.

At some stage William was ‘re-assigned’ from the Leinsters to 9th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, possibly before the Leinsters moved to Egypt on 14 September 1917 and whilst the Gloucesters were still in Salonika.

On 4 July 1918 the Gloucesters returned to France and on arrival on 21 July 1918 they were attached to 198th Brigade in 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division.

On 22 September 1918 the 9th Battalion became a Pioneer Battalion in the same Division.

William’s Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation records he died on 27 October 1918 Age 25 (in a Rouen General Hospital) probably as a result of a Gas attack (see Pension record card) on either the nights of 16/17th or 18/19th October 1918 in the area of Maurois, Reumont or Le Cateau.  (See Battalion War Diary).

He is remembered with honour at the CWGC St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen Plot S. III.C. 12.

Medal Index Card
1914/15 Star, War and Victory medals

Medal Index Roll Entry

Connect map above to 9th Battalion War Diary entries for 15th-18th Oct 1918
Medical Record entry

George Clegg

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