Africa General Service Medal 1902-56, Ed VII, clasp Somaliland 1902-04 named to 9060 Private G. Chittenden, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
Africa General Service Medal 1902-56, Ed VII, clasp Somaliland 1902-04 named to 9060 Private G. Chittenden, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. With research. George Henry Chittenden was born at West Malling, Kent in 1877 and prior to his Military Service worked as a Chemical Porter and a Gardener. He enlisted into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps on 9th July 1895 and was posted to serve in South Africa in 1896. In April 1899 he went to India but returned to South Africa in December of the same year at the start of the Boer War. Service here earned him the QSA with 5 clasps and the KSA Medal. His papers show that he was a difficult man to discipline and he appeared in the Defaulters Book on numerous occasions. He re-attested in 1907 at the end of his first term of service and was discharged in July 1911. The 1911 census shows him working as a Groom but following the outbreak of WW1 he re-enlisted for service in the 2/1 West Kent Yeomanry on 30th July 1915. He transferred to the Labour Corps and served at home throughout the war being disembodied on 3rd February 1919. With copy service papers, medal roll entries confirming entitlement to all the above as well as entitlement to both QSA and KSA Medals, census and birth registration. Good very fine