George Kitching CBE DSO was born in Shameen, Canton China, son of George Charlesworth Kitching and Florence Dagmar Kitching. He was educated at Royal Military College, Sandhurst England and the National War College, Washington D.C. He was commissioned in 1939 in the Canadian army and went overseas in 1939 with the Royal Canadian Regiment. In 1942 he commanded the Edmonton Regiment and in 1943 commanded the 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade.

Kitching was "Mentioned in Despatches" and in 1943 was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for distinguished service and conspicuous gallantry. In 1944 he was General Officer Commanding the 4th Armoured Division. In 1945 he was Chief of Staff, 1st Canadian Corps. Kitching was named Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE) 1945 by the British government in recognition of his wartime service. The Dutch government named him a Commander, Order of Orange Nassau with crossed swords. The Italian government named him to the Order of Military Merit and the USA government named him an Officer, Legion of Merit.

After WW2, Kitching was appointed to several very senior military posts including Chairman, Canadian Joint Staff, London England. He retired from military service in 1966 with the rank of major general. Later, he became Chief Commmissioner, Liquor Control Board of Ontario. In October 1946 he married Audrey Calhoun. They have one son (George) and one daughter (Kate).