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Daniel was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Richard and Maria Kidson. In 1901 they were living at 30 Hall Street, together with Daniel’s step-brother Alfred Williams, his sister Maria and brother Richard. They had moved to 6 Bellevue Street, Woodcross, near Bilston, by 1911 (their surname now written as “Kitson”), and Daniel was a pot maker for a hollowware manufacturer. He had an additional sister Alice and brother Arthur.

Daniel enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 12826), and first served in France from 16 March 1915. His name was listed in the Express & Star on 10 February 1917 as having been wounded. However, he clearly recovered from these wounds, as he survived the war. Daniel married Phoebe Morgan in Wolverhampton in 1920, and they had a daughter, Alice, born the same year. He died in Wolverhampton in 1974