Confronting the legacies of empire, disability and the
deaf community, claiming to have always ‘abominated’ sign language, which he considered beneath him.
Social class as well as disability shaped Kitto's early experiences. He came from a family deeply impoverished due to his father's alcoholism, and he spent his childhood and adolescence in and out of workhouses.
Kitto's first engagement with the British Empire came from his role as a missionary for the evangelical ChurchMissionarySociety (CMS), under whose auspices he travelled to Malta in June
medical services provided by the Protestant
Church. In fact, in Ruanda-Urundi, Protestant societies such as the
ChurchMissionarySociety or the Seventh-Day Adventists could only
obtain entry into the mandated territories by creating modern
Under the CFS, many doctors
continued to be career soldiers, who seemed more willing to