Rank: Rifleman
Service Number:88574.
Regiment: 2nd/6th Bn. The Kings (Liverpool Regiment)
Killed In Action Tuesday 30th October 1917
Age 29
County Memorial Winsford
Commemorated\Buried Tyne Cot Memorial
Grave\Panel Ref: Panel 33.

Philip's Story.

Originally from Winsford, he worked at the Vacuum Plant at Winsford before moving to the Salt Union one in Runcorn. His parents were James and Annie. He was one of 7 children.  He enlisted on February 27th last, and went to the front on September 14th with a Lewis gun section of the Liverpool Regiment.  It is stated on his medal index card, that his medals were never collected, and that the Regiment asked if they could be disposed of, this was in 1922. He is commemorated at Tyne Cot, Panel 33. His death was reported in the Northwich Guardian, as his family where still local. "Private Phillip Kitchen of the Liverpool Regiment, was killed in action on October 30th, 1917. The official news was received last week from Preston by his brother Mr Jesse Kitchen, of 18 Wallace Street, Castle, Northwich. Prior to that Mr Kitchen had had a letter from his brother’s lieutenant, who explained that he was at his post when a shell fell close to, killing him and two comrades. The officer added “I am very sorry to lose him, because he was a very good soldier. His death is mourned by all his comrades, for he was always cheerful under the most trying circumstances always brave and setting a good example to the rest by bringing in wounded. I have lost a lot of men in my platoon, but i think I miss private Kitchen the most’. Private Kitchen who would have been 30 years of age on December 22nd, was employed by the Salt Union at Runcorn for five years and prior to that worked at the vacuum , Winsford. For several seasons Phil Kitchen played for Winsford United both as full back and goalkeeper, and prior to throwing in his lot with the United he was a member of St Chads team.

In June 1919 there was a case reported at the probate court, where there was an action arising over the will of Private Phillip Kitchen of the Kings Liverpool Regiment, who was killed in France (Belgium) on the 30th October 1917, leaving estate valued at between £150 - £200. His brother, Jesse Kitchen was against the Will.

It was said that Private Kitchen had stayed with Mr Albert Allman, an engine driver at a chemical works (salt ?) , and his wife Emma at 22 Salisbury Street, Runcorn, and had made a soldiers Will while on his last leave on the 24th September  1917, leaving everything to Mrs Allman.

Compiled By Graeme Ainsworth with Assistance from Percy Dunbavand.