Other names: Harry James
Locations in this story: Sixpenny Handley, DorsetFrance & FlandersEpsom, SurreyPoole, Dorset
Story: Harry James Kiddle was born in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 29 Sep 1890 and baptised there on 16 Nov 1890 the son of James Kiddle, a Sawyer, and Rose Kiddle (nee Whitlock). He lived all his early life in Sixpenny Handley until he enlisted on 31 Mar 1917 with the Middlesex Regiment as a Private (Service No. 92769). He served with the 1st Battalion in France & Flanders and was later transferred to the Labour Corps (Service No. 447581). There is some evidence that he had suffered some trauma whilst with the Middlesex Regiment and that resulted in him being discharged as being mentally disturbed on 18 Jun 1919 and awarded the Silver War Badge No. B235058 as well as the Victory and British War Medals. He returned to Sixpenny Handley and was in frequent trouble with the law, By the time of the 1939 Register he was a patient inmate at the Longrove Hospital, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, (a Mental Institution). He remained single and his death was recorded in Poole, Dorset, during 1945. His brothers, Albert Kiddle and Leonard William Kiddle, also served in the conflict.