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QUITTENDEN Henry, Private. 3/34435.

East Surrey Regiment.
Transferred to the Labour Corps. 453408.
Died 9 March 1919, aged 35.

Henry's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Henry's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2016

Henry Quittenden was born in 1883 in Otford, Kent (GRO reference: Dec 1883 Sevenoaks 2a 619). His parents were Jonathan and Mary Quittenden (nee Jones) who had married in 1877 following the death of Jonathan's first wife Mary Ann.

Henry had ten older half siblings and four full siblings.

HENRY'S HALF SIBLINGS ON HIS FATHER'S SIDE
NameBorn - DiedNotes
Arthur WilliamBorn: 1859 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1935 Sevenoaks, Kent
Baptised 28 August 1859
Alfred CorneliusBorn: 1860 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1936 Sevenoaks, Kent
Married Kate L. Osborne 1890
Elizabeth AnnBorn: 1865 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1929 Kent
Married Walter Cheeseman 1886
GeorgeBorn: 1869 Wrotham, Kent
Died: 1906 Kent
 
JonathanBorn: 1870 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1870 Sevenoaks, Kent
 
Mary AnnBorn: 1871 Wrotham, Kent
Died: 1953 Kent
Married Samuel Parker 1893
AmosBorn: 1874 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1947 Kent
 
HENRY'S HALF SIBLINGS ON HIS MOTHER'S SIDE
George William JonesBorn: 1868 Wrotham, Kent 
Eliza Ann JonesBorn: 1872 Sevenoaks, Kent 
Mary Elizabeth JonesBorn: 1876 Sevenoaks, Kent 
HENRY AND HIS FULL SIBLINGS
Emily CarolineBorn: 1878 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1971 Kent
Married Jesse Jenkins 1901
Rhoda GertrudeBorn: 1880 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1963 London
Married George Roser 1898
Ellen SarahBorn: 1881 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 1950 Kent
Married Edwin Neeves 1906
Married Henry E. Jarvis 1932
HenryBorn: 1883 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 9 March 1919 Epsom
 
Louis/Lewis FrederickBorn: 1887 Sevenoaks, Kent
Died: 3 May 1915 Ypres, Belgium
Served in 2nd Battalion Buffs (East Kent) Regiment
Service No. L/8750. KIA.

When the 1881 census was taken, before Henry was born, the enumerator recorded that Jonathan had a second family and listed them after his first family as all living at Mill House, Otford, Kent. Henry's half siblings on his father's side were recorded as Arthur aged 22, Alfred aged 18, George aged 12, Mary Ann aged 10 and Amos aged 8. His half siblings on his mother's side were recorded as George aged 10, Eliza aged 8, Mary E. aged 5, plus his full siblings Emily aged 3 and Rhoda aged 1. His father and half brother Arthur were working as agricultural labours. Henry's sister Ellen was born soon after the census was taken and his brother Louis in 1887.

Henry's father was aged 52 when he died in 1889. When the 1891 census was taken Henry's widowed mother was working as a 'Mangler' while her stepson Arthur and son George William Jones were working as general labours. Between them, they were supporting the other children Emily aged 12, Rhoda aged 11, Ellen aged 9, Henry himself aged 7 and Louis aged 3. The family was living at 1 Bridge Cottages, Otford Bridge, Otford, Kent.

When the 1901 census was taken only Arthur and Louis were still living with Henry's mother. Henry was aged 17 and boarding with the Read Family in Watery Lane while working as a cattleman on a farm in Kemsing, Kent. His mother died three years later in 1904.

By 1911 Henry was boarding with William and Mary Whiffen at their home in Otford; he was unmarried and working as an agricultural labourer.

Henry's service record has not survived so details of his time as Private 3/34435 in the East Surrey Regiment or as Private 453408 in the Labour Corps are not known. No medal entitlement record has been found for Henry, so his time in the army was probably all spent in the UK.

Henry died in the Horton War Hospital, Epsom, on 9 March 1919 and on 14 March his body was buried in grave K653 in Epsom Cemetery, a grave he shares with three other soldiers. Henry is remembered there on the CWGC Screen Wall. Henry's age is recorded as 39 by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and as 34 in Free BMD. He was in fact 35.

The Soldier's Effects Records list Henry's sisters as Rhoda Roser, Emily C. Jenkins and Ellen S. Manes (sic).

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