William Elphinstone KAY DSO

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KAY, William Elphinstone

Service Number: NX441
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: 1st Field Ambulance
Born: Glen Innes, NSW, 3 January 1888
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney High School; University of Sydney
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Died of wounds, Greece, 26 April 1941, aged 53 years
Cemetery: Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sydney Hospital Staff of Active Service Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1914: Involvement Captain, 1st Field Ambulance
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Captain, 1st Field Ambulance, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
7 Nov 1918: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 173

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Colonel, SN NX441
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Fate of Colonel W. E. Kay.
SYDNEY, May 28.--There are grave fears that Colonel W. E. Kay, D.S.O., V.D., Commanding Officer of the 5th Australian General Hospital, has died of wounds in Greece. On Monday Mrs. Kay
received advice that Colonel Kay had been severely wounded and was missing.
Today she received news that another Australian doctor before leaving Greece had seen Colonel Kay who was so gravely wounded that the doctor felt that he could not have lived.


The hospital which Colonel Kay commanded was the one from which seven doctors and 150 other ranks heroically remained in Greece after the evacuation to care for A.I.F. wounded who could not be taken off. 

Colonel William Elphinstone Kay had a remarkably fine record both in-his profession and in military medical work. He enlisted in the first A.I.F. in August, 1914. was at the landing on Gallipoli as a captain in the 2nd Field Ambulance and served there and in France through
out the war, ending as Lieut.-Col. in Command of that unit. In France in 1917 he won the D.S.O.

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