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OFFICER'S PERSONAL OCCURRENCE - CAPTAIN G C B GIDLEY-KITCHIN

19 July 2017

OFFICER'S PERSONAL OCCURRENCE

1. I regret to report the death of Captain G C B Gidley-Kitchin, who died peacefully at home on 6th July 2017, aged 96. Greville Gidley-Kitchin was commissioned into the Regiment in March 1941, and after training, joined the 4th (Tank) Battalion in May 1943. He served as a Troop Leader in Normandy and during the Battle for Estry in August 1944, from which a determined enemy could not be dislodged in spite of numerous attempts to do so over several days, his legs were severely burned by a phosphorous bomb which landed on the engine decks of his Churchill tank which had already been disabled. After a period spent recovering, he was posted to the Guards' Armoured Training Wing as an Instructor. He returned briefly to the 4th Battalion in December 1945 and then to the Guards' Training Battalion until demobilisation in October 1946. He was one of the last (and maybe THE last!) surviving Officers of the 4th Battalion.

2. He was married to the late Sylvia (Sue), and father of Tom, Virginia and Penelope and grandfather to Georgina, Peter, Tom, Miranda, Antonia, Christopher and Oscar. Greville's address was Wybournes, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 6LX, and I suggest that anyone wishing to write to the children should send their letter to that address.

His Funeral will take place at noon, on Friday 28th July, at St Mary's Church, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 6NA. Since the Funeral was announced in The Times, I assume that everyone is welcome to attend.

 

G V A BAKER
Regimental Adjutant