Thomas Poore KAY

KAY, Thomas Poore

Service Number: 819
Enlisted: 29 November 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Fordsburg, Trunsvaal, South Africa, 1893
Home Town: Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Cape Town Public School, Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation: Miner
Died: Gun shot wound to legs, received in action - died of wounds, 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Messines, France, 31 May 1917
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais
Plot I, Row M, Grave 5, Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 819
1 May 1916: Involvement Private, 819, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, 819, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Father Ephrairn Thomas Kay and Mother Judith Kay, lived at 22 Derwent Road,
Tamboers Kloof, Cape Town, South Africa.
(Native of Johannesburg, South Africa.)

He had been a miner, living at Kurri Kurri, New South Wales on enlisting.

Thomas was described on enlisting as 23 years 1 month of age; single; 5' 9.5" tall;
143 lbs; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England

29/11/1915  enlisted into WWI at West Maitland, NSW

18/03/1916  appointed to 'C' Company, 35th Battalion, Broadmeadow Camp

01/05/1916  embarked Sydney, NSW onboard HMAT A24 Benalla
                   as a Private with C Company, 35th Battalion
09/07/1916  disembarked into Plymouth, England

21/11/1916  proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton

31/05/1917  He was hit by gun fire, severe damage and compound fractured right leg
                   admitted to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Messines, France
                   died of these wounds received in action

buried in:     Trois-Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France
                   Plot I, Row M, Grave 5
                   buried by Reverand G R Tucker, from 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station

His name is commemorated on Panel 125 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:        British War medal (38640); Victory medal (38327)
                   Memorial Plaque and Scroll (325056)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  30/04/2017.  Lest we forget.