James Francis KAY


KAY, James Francis

Service Number: 3709
Enlisted: 16 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Thebarton, South Australia, 23 April 1894
Home Town: Thebarton (Southwark), City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: St John the Baptist School
Occupation: Boilermaker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 13 August 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France, Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kilburn Islington Railway Workshops Honour Roll, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3709, 16th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3709, 16th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
13 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3709, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Son of James KAY and Ellen nee CONROY


Private J. F. Kay, third son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kay, of West Thebarton, was killed in action in France on August 13. He was 22 years of age and enlisted in August, 1915. He embarked for Egypt on December 2, where he remained for some time before leaving for France. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Islington, where he had completed his apprenticeship as a boilermaker. He was educated at St. John the Baptist School, George-street, Thabarton. Being of a cheerful disposition, he was a general favorite. He was a member of the Excelsior Whippet Club." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 07 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)