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.
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|
|Name||Born - Died||Notes|
|Arthur William||Born: 1859 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1935 Sevenoaks, Kent
|Baptised 28 August 1859 |
|Alfred Cornelius||Born: 1860 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1936 Sevenoaks, Kent
|Married Kate L. Osborne 1890|
|Elizabeth Ann||Born: 1865 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1929 Kent
| Married Walter Cheeseman 1886|
|George||Born: 1869 Wrotham, Kent|
Died: 1906 Kent
|Jonathan||Born: 1870 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1870 Sevenoaks, Kent
|Mary Ann||Born: 1871 Wrotham, Kent|
Died: 1953 Kent
|Married Samuel Parker 1893|
|Amos||Born: 1874 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1947 Kent
|HENRY'S HALF SIBLINGS ON HIS MOTHER'S SIDE|
|George William Jones||Born: 1868 Wrotham, Kent|| |
|Eliza Ann Jones||Born: 1872 Sevenoaks, Kent|| |
|Mary Elizabeth Jones||Born: 1876 Sevenoaks, Kent|| |
|HENRY AND HIS FULL SIBLINGS|
|Emily Caroline||Born: 1878 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1971 Kent
|Married Jesse Jenkins 1901|
|Rhoda Gertrude||Born: 1880 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1963 London
|Married George Roser 1898|
|Ellen Sarah||Born: 1881 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 1950 Kent
|Married Edwin Neeves 1906|
Married Henry E. Jarvis 1932
|Henry||Born: 1883 Sevenoaks, Kent|
Died: 9 March 1919 Epsom
|Louis/Lewis Frederick||Born: 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).