Francis William MCKITTRICK was born bet. April and June, 1889 in Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He married Charlotte Belinda KNIBBS 12 September 1909 in Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He died bet. April and June, 1967 in Crosby District, Lancashire, England. Charlotte Belinda KNIBBS, daughter of Thomas Edward KNIBBS and Lilian Mary WALSH , was born 11 February 1893 in Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. She died bet. January and March, 1973 in Liverpool District, Lancashire, England.

Children of Francis William MCKITTRICK and Charlotte Belinda KNIBBS are:
1. Thomas William MCKITTRICK, b. 28 November 1911
2. John Patrick MCKITTRICK, b. 04 April 1913
3. Francis E MCKITTRICK, b. Private
4. James Connor MCKITTRICK, b. 15 September 1920
5. Paul Joseph MCKITTRICK, b. 22 December 1922
6. William Henry MCKITTRICK, b. 30 September 1916
7. Anthony F MCKITTRICK, b. 16 March 1910
8. Raymond G MCKITTRICK, b. bet. July and September, 1918
9. Patricia M MCKITTRICK, b. bet. July and September, 1928
10. Doris M MCKITTRICK, b. bet. April and June, 1932
11. Joan A L MCKITTRICK, b. Private
12. Dorothy MCKITTRICK, b. bet. April and June, 1930

Marriage Notes for Francis William MCKITTRICK\Charlotte Belinda KNIBBS:

They married at St John's Church, Bootle.

See Francisl and Charlotte's Marriage Certificate

Notes for Francis William MCKITTRICK:

Francis was the son of Patrick John McKittrick and Elizabeth Agnes Ormsby who married in West Derby District, Lancashire, England during q2/1888. Both Patrick's and Elizabeth's families are believed to have originated in Ireland although we see in 1891, Elizabeth herself was born in Liverpool:

We see Francis and his family in 1891, living at 49 Kendrick Street, Litherland, Seaforth, Lancashire:
Patrick McKittrick Head 38 Ships Storekeeper Ireland
Eliz. A McKittrick M Wife 28 Liverpool Lancashire
Francis W McKittrick Son 2 Walton Lancashire
Catherine Ormsby Sister in Law S 39 Cook (Domestic) Liverpool Lancashire
Patrick Ryan Boarder S 29 Dock Labourer Ireland

I couldn't find Patrick or his family in 1901.

Francis married Charlotte Knibbs in 1909.

We see Francis in 1911, living in West Derby with his wife and first child at 1 Jubilee Road, Litherland, Lancashire:
Francis Mc Kittrick Head Married 22 Machine Riviter Walton Liverpool Lancs
Charlotte Mc Kittrick Wife Married (1 year) 18 Bootle Liverpool lancs
Anthony Mc Kittrick Son 1 Litherland Liverpool Lancs
Elizabeth Mc Kittrick Mother Widow 48 Liverpool Lancs

We see Francis and Charlotte arriving in New York on Flight BA555007 from Manchester, England. They were presumably visitng their son James Connor McKittrick who emigrated to America in the mid-late 1940's.

Sources for Francis William MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1911 British Census, gave location 
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. - Liverpool Registers,

Notes for Charlotte Belinda KNIBBS:

I think that Charlotte may have moved to America to live with her son James Connor McKittrick.

Sources for Charlotte Belinda KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave middle Christian name 
  3. 1911 British Census,
  4. GRO England & Wales, gave date. 

Notes for Thomas William MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Tom

I suspect it was this Thomas W KcKittrick who married Violet Plant in Crosby District, Lancashire during q3/1938.

Sources for Thomas William MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. GRO England & Wales, from 
  3. National Archives ,

Notes for John Patrick MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Jack

I believe John married Catherine Johnston during q2/1939 at Crosby District, Lancashire and had a son named Gerald.

Sources for John Patrick MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. GRO England & Wales, from 

Notes for Francis E MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Frank

Notes for James Connor MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Jim

James emigrated from Liverpool, UK to live in America in 1947 to marry his wife who he met through writing letters when he was in the British army during WWII. He was a "tankie", serving in North Africa and Italy. His wife was Mona Chloe Stachurski, from New York, USA.

We can see that he sailed from Liverpool to Canada on 1 May 1947 aboard the ship Empire MacDermott. He gave his occupation at the time as Dispatch Manager. His final destination was recorded as USA. His last address in England was given as 22 Woodland Road, Seaforth, Liverpool 21.

From the Freeport NY Daily Review, August 1947:


The former Mona Chloe Stachurski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Stachurski of Wilson street, Baldwin, was married to the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. McKittrick of Liverpool, England, in recent ceremonies at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic church, Baldwin. Mrs. Schebler. the former Florence Dohrmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Dohrmann of Division avenue, Massapequa, became the bride of Stanley Schebler of Schroon Lake, formerly of Seaford Manor, at the Seaford Lutheran Church of Our Holy Redeemer.


I don't know a great deal about James, but I found reference to him in the Utica Observer Despatch, Friday February 18, 1972:
Mr. and Mrs. James C. McKittrick of Commack, L.I., announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie C., to James J. Yonkers of Delmar, son of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Yonkers of Clinton Street, Whitesboro.
The future bride is a graduate of Commack High School, Vassar Brothers Hospital School of Nursing, and the State University College at Albany. She is a Registered Nurse for the Veterans Administration Hospital, Albany.
The prospective Bridgeroom was graduated from Whitesboro High School and the State University College at Albany. He is an administrator at LaSalle School in Albany.
The couple plans a summer wedding.


James and Mona had another daughter named Frances Patricia who was a flower girl at the wedding of Mona's sister, Marion J Stachurski when she married Leo H Mahoney on 11 April, 1953 in Baldwin, New York.

Sources for James Connor MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. US Social Security Death Index, gave his date of birth. 
  3. Personal Contact with J. Kevin McKittrick,
  4. National Archives for England, Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960 

Notes for Paul Joseph MCKITTRICK:

We see Paul on 15 December 1943, arriving in New York from Liverpool as a member of the crew aboard the M.V. Dominion Monarch:
McKITTRICK PAUL JOSEPH B.R. Steward Age 21 5'6" 150 lbs.


We see Paul almost one year later on 13 September 1944, arriving at New York from Liverpool, aboard the SS Pasteur:
McKittrick Paul Joseph Francis A/Pantry Std Age 21 5'6" 150 lbs


He returned to New York on 25 November 1944 aboard the same ship, SS Pasteur:
McKittrick Paul J. F. A/Pty/Std Age 21 5'6" 126 lbs


On 5 April 1945, we see Paul arriving in New York aboard the MV Dominion Monarch from Sydney Australia:
McKittrick Paul Asst Std Age 22 5'7" 198 lbs


On 17 September 1947, Paul arrived in New York from Glasgow, Scotland, aboard the ship MV Tahsinia:
McKittrick Paul J. Asst Stwd Age 24 5'6" 140 lbs Scar Left Leg


On 7 August and 3 September 1949, Paul arrived in New York from Liverpool, aboard the ship Britannic:
McKittrick Paul Waiter Age 26 5'8" 168 lbs


He made the same trip on the Britannic on 1 and the 29th October, 1949:
McKittrick Paul Waiter Age 26 5'8" 168 lbs


We see him again, arriving in New York on 29 November 1949 on the Britannic, sailing from Liverpool:
McKittrick Paul Waite Age 26 5'8" 168 lbs


The Dominion Monarch and Pasteur were both deployed as Troop Ships at the time Paul was a crew member, during WWII.

I think Paul married a girl named Pauline M Hickey in Crosby District in Q3/1954.

Sources for Paul Joseph MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. Personal Contact with Paul McKittrick,
  3. National Archives , Gave DOB. 
  4. Personal contact with Paul Maddox,

Notes for William Henry MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Bill or "Mac" in the army.

William (Bill) emigrated to Australia prior to WWII, enlisted in the Australian Army, and spent about 2 1/2 years as a POW under the Japanese. I understand he married a girl named Vera Lilian Emily Sullivan in Paddington District, New South Wales, in 1940. His military record indicates they married before or around 14 September 1940.
William later married Sybil Maude Harrop in 1946 at Drummoyne District, New South Wales.

Vera married again in 1954 to a man named Lionel Austin T Moss in Sydney District, NSW..

<a href=";I=1&amp;SE=1" target="_blank">See William's Military Record</a>
William enlisted in the Australian Army at Paddington, NSW in June 1940, giving his mother Charlotte of Alder Street, Crosby, Liverpool, England as his next of kin. His initial trade was that of Railway Engine Stoker, but later he was regraded as a Rigger.

See a copy of William's service record.

On 29 July 1941, he embarked at Sydney for service in the Far East as part of the Australian Imperial Force and arrived at Singapore on 15 August. I believe he was then moved into Malaya on 16 February 1942 and was reported missing on 9 April 1942. His military record shows that he was at the Japanese Prisoner of War Camp at Changi, Singapore on 14 May 1942. On 15 February 1943, it was recorded on his military record that he was a Prisoner of War in Thailand. He remained a prisoner until 11 October 1944, a period of over two and a half years.

We learn from a letter, written on Australian Red Cross Society paper on 9 February, 1945 by Sapper William Henry McKittrick NX33414 2/12 Field Company Engineers, to a Mrs Brereton concerning her son, that William was incarcerated by the Japanese at the 105 Kilo camp in Burma.

One story that emerged amongst the many shared in the book "USS Pampanito Kioller-Angel" by Grefgory F. Kichno, of the days at Singapore, awaiting shipment to Japan, referred to William:
William H. "Mac" McKittrick was born in England and was a merchant seamen before emigrating to New South Wales, Australia. Now a twenty-seven-year-old private in the 2/12 Field Company, Royal Australian Engi-neers (RAE), Mac got the relatively easy assignment of painting a colonel's house. Every morning a Free Frenchman would drive by on his bicycle and slip McKittrick a package with cigarettes, money, or war news. Once he took McKittrick's canteen and returned it brimming with red wine. The POWs took their food and drink from whatever source was handy.'


On 4 September of 1944 William was one of 1,317 Australian Prisoners of War being transferred by the Japanese from Singapore to Japan aboard the Japanese ship the Rakuyo Maru. The Rakuyo Maru wasn't displaying the Red Cross to indicate it was carrying Prisoners of War, and was sunk by the American submarine USS Sealion at 5.25 p.m. on 12 September. 1,159 of the prisoners were lost. Some were rescued by the Japanese, transferred to the Kibitsu Maru and taken to Japan. William and many others survived for 4 days floating in the ocean until rescued by the USS Pampanito. They were taken to Saipan in the Pacific Ocean before finally returning to Australia via Guadalcanal, first by the USS Alcoa Polaris and then by USS Monadnock. They were the first Allied POW's to return from the Malayan campaign, providing the first eyewitness accounts of Singapore in February 1942.

We see from his military records that he arrived back in Australia abourd the USS Monadnock on 26 October, 1944.

The Maritime Park Association provides details of the sinking of the Rakuyo Maru, the rescue of survivors, as well as a complete list of the POWs rescued by the USS Pampanito on 15 September, 1944.

William arrived back in Brisbane on 26 October 1944, aboard the USS Monadnock.

From The Sun (sydney), 4 Apr 1945:
Wife Cool to P.O.W.
An escapee from a torpedoed Japanese prison-ship, William Henry McKittrick, 28, AIF, met with a cool reception when he returned fo his wife, according to evidence in the Divorce Court today.
McKittrick said that his wife had said she didn't want him in the place.
The couple were described by a witness as "very loving before he left home."
A petition by McKittrick " for restitution of conjugal rights came before Mr. Justice Bonney. Respondent was Very Lillian Emily McKittrick, 27.
McKittrick, who lives in Queen-street, Woollahra, said he was receiving medical treatment prior to discharge from the Army, and he believed that if his wife came back to him, it would help in his recovery.
Mr. Justice Bonney said he would order the wife to return within 14 days, instead of the usual 21 or 28 dsys.
"This man is entitled to have the position clarified at the earliest possible moment," the judge added.


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of William.

Sources for William Henry MCKITTRICK:

  1. Personal Contact with James K McKittrick,
  2. Personal Contact with Kate (McKittrick) Smith, gave middle Christian name 
  3. FreeBMD,
  4. Military Record,

Notes for Anthony F MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Tony

I believe Anthony married Edith E Palmer in West Derby District during q3/1932. If I'm right, there were five children:
Patricia E, Francles L, Francis B, Alan D and Paul.

Sources for Anthony F MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1911 British Census, gave location 
  3. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Raymond G MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Ray

Sources for Raymond G MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. National Archives for England,

Notes for Patricia M MCKITTRICK:

I believe Patricia married a man named Thomas F Maddox during q3/1953 in Crosby District, Lancashire.

Sources for Patricia M MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Doris M MCKITTRICK:

Doris was aged 9 years when she died. Her death appears in the register as Dorothy M.

Sources for Doris M MCKITTRICK:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. Personal Contact with James K McKittrick,

Notes for Joan A L MCKITTRICK:

Notes for Dorothy MCKITTRICK:

Also known as: Dolly

FreeBMD has reference to Dorothy McKittrick being who was born and died during Q2/1930.

Sources for Dorothy MCKITTRICK:

  1. Personal Contact with James K McKittrick,
  2. FreeBMD,