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Stephen (known as Charlie) was the son of James Kite and his wife Susannah Jane nee Bell. James Kite was born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, on 2 September 1872, the son of Charles and Leah Kite. Susannah Jane Bell was born in Croft, Lincolnshire, in 1875 (J/F/M Spilsby). They were married in 1898 (A/M/J Spilsby) and at the time of the 1911 Census had had five children of whom only two survived. Three children were named on the census between 1901 and 1911; Stephen Charles James birth registered 1899 (J/F/M Spilsby), George Henry J. birth registered 1891 (J/F/M Nottingham) d. 1901 (A/M/J Nottingham) and Harriett Elizabeth b. 12 March 1903 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1901 James (28), a railway engine stoker, and Susannah (26) were living at 10 Roby Cottages, Meadows, Nottingham, with their two children Charles (2) and George (2 months) who died a few months later before his first birthday. By 1911 James (38), who was still working as a railway engine stoker, and Susannah (36) were living on Rupert Street, Meadows, with their two surviving children, Stephen (12) and Harriett Elizabeth (8). Stephen was living in the family home at 15 Bruce Grove, Meadows, when he attested in 1916. Stephen's mother died on 19 February 1931. At the time of the 1939 England and Wales Register his widowed father James, a retired engine driver, was still living at 15 Bruce Grove, Meadows; also in the home was his unmarried sister, Edith Kite (b. 19 April 1883). Stephen's sister Harriett married George Blagg (b. 27 August 1899) in 1921 (J/A/S Nottingham). In 1939 Harriett and George, a petrol lorry driver, were living in Carlton with their five children: Charles K. b. 26 February 1922, a railway engine cleaner, Susannah J (later Witney) b. 10 July 1928, Audrey E. (later Jones) b. 27 August 1929, John J. b. 23 October 1930 and George P. b. 11 August 1932.
He was an assistant postman
21 Mar 1918
1583955 - CWGC Website
15 Bruce Grove, Meadows, Nottingham
6th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Stephen attested on 13 September 1916 at the age of 17 and was then transferred to the Army Reserve. He was mobilised on 2 March 1917 and served at home until 19 November the same year when he embarked at Folkestone for France, disembarking the following day. Stephen was killed in action on 21 March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 19 April 1918: ‘Kite. Killed in action, March 21st, 1918, Pte SCJ (Charlie) Kite, Leicester Regt. (late assistant postman), the dearly beloved and only son of J and S Kite, 15, Bruce-grove, aged 19 years. Christ will link the broken chain closer when we meet again. From his loving mam, dad, and sister. Also killed in action, on March 28th 1918, Pte AE Kite, Gloucester Regt, uncle of the above. At rest. From his loving brother and sister-in-law.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Arthur Edwin Kite, younger brother of James Kite: 17803 Private, Gloucestershire Regiment/13th (Service Battalion (Forest of Dean) (Pioneers), served in France and died of wounds 28 March 1918. He left a widow, Caroline. Probate: Kite James of 15 Bruce-grove Nottingham died 2 January 1953 at The City Hospital Nottingham Probate Nottingham 18 February to Harriett Elizabeth Blagg (wife of Geoege Blagg). Effects £788 19s.
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