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Coolie C. H. K'ung
Chinese Labour Corps
(d.21st Feb 1920)
C. H. K'ung served with the Chinese Labour Corps. He was executed for murder on 21st February 1920 and is buried in St Sever Cemetery Estensionm, Rouen, France.
Pte. G. P. Kable
Australian Imperial Forces 33rd Btn.
(d.7th Jun 1917)
Cpl Joseph Thomas Kaeble VC MM
Canadian Expeditionary Force 22e Battalion (Canadien Francais)
(d. 9 June 1918)
Cpl. Joseph Kaeble VC, MM.
Canadian Expeditionary Forces 22nd Btn. Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
from:Sayabec, Matane County, Québec, Canada
(d.9th Jun 1918)The following extract is recorded in the London Gazette Supplement No. 30903, dated 16th September 1918:- "For most conspicuous bravery and extraordinary devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun section in the front line trenches, in which a strong enemy raid was attempted. During an intense bombardment Corporal Kaeble remained at the parapet with his Lewis gun shouldered ready for action, the field of fire being very short. As soon as the barrage lifted from the front line, about fifty of the enemy advanced towards his post. By this time the whole of his section except one had become casualties. Corporal Kaeble jumped over the parapet, and holding his Lewis gun at the hip, emptied one magazine after another into the advancing enemy, and although wounded several times by fragments of shells and bombs, he continued to fire and entirely blocked the enemy by his determined stand. Finally, firing all the time, he fell backwards into the trench mortally wounded. While lying on his back in the trench he fired his last cartridges over the parapet at the retreating Germans, and before losing consciousness shouted to the wounded about him: "Keep it up, boys; do not let them get through! We must stop them !" The complete repulse of the enemy attack at this point was due to the remarkable personal bravery and self-sacrifice of this gallant non-commissioned officer, who died of his wounds shortly afterwards."
Joseph Kaeble was born on May 5th 1892 St. Moise, Matane County, Québec, and he enlisted on March 20th 1916 in Sayabec, Québec. He died aged 26 of wounds whilst fighting near Arras, and was buried in the Wanquetin Communal Cemetery Extension in Calais, France.
Pte. Charles Albert Richard Kaine
British Army Army Cyclist Corps
(d.29th July 1917)
Charley Kaine lost his life on the 29th of July 1917.
Sgt. Arthur Kallstrom
New Zealand Expeditionary Force 2nd Bn. Otago Regiment
(d.3rd Sep1918)Arthur Kallstrom was killed in action on the 3rd of September 918 and is buried in Adanac Military Cemetery in Somme, France. He served under then name Charles Carson.
L/Cpl. J. Kane
British Army 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles
(d.21st Mar 1917)
Pte. James Kane
British Army Royal Scots Fusiliers
James Kane served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was treated at Red Gables Hospital in Bletchingly, Surrey, and signed an autograph book belonging to Sister May Atkins on 4th January 1916.
Pte. John Vincent Kane
British Army 10th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment
(d.28th Feb 1916)John Vincent Kane served with the 10th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, he was aged 34 when he died on 28th February 1916. He was born ib Jarrow, son of James and Delia Kane. He enlisted in Pontefract.
John is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.
Pte. John Kane
British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
Pte. Joseph Kane
British Army 9th Battalion Cameronians Scottish Rifles
(d.3rd May 1917)
Pte. P. Kane
British Army Leinster Regiment
(d.3rd March 1919)
Private P. Kane was transferred to (119546) Labour Corps.
He is buried in the North-West corner of old church in the Athlumney Old Graveyard, Cp. Meath.
Cpl. Patrick Kane
British Army 1st/3rd Durham Field Company Royal Engineers
(d.18th Oct 1916)Patrick Kane serbed with the 1st/3rd Durham Field Company Royal Engineers, he was aged 36 when he died on 18th October 1916. he was born in Jarrow in 1879,son of Thomas and Ellen Kane of 175 Cuthbert Street Hebburn (natives of Galway). On the 1911 census, Patrick Kane age 30 Bricklayer at Steel Works is with his parents Thomas and Ellen Kane and family at 175 Cuthbert Street, Hebburn.
He died in Bradford and is buried in Hebburn Cemetery.
Frmn. Peter Kane
Mercantile Marine SS Kathleen Lily
(d.29th March 1917)
Peter Kane, Fireman was aged 45 when he died on 29th March 1917. He was born and lived in Jarrow, son of Patrick and Catherine Kane of Jarrow (natives of County Monaghan) and Husband of the late Annie Kane (nee Burns) Peter is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial.
On the 1911 census Peter Kane age 38 is listed as a widower, General Labourer at a Chemical Manufacturers is with his widowed mother Catherine Kane and his young son and daughter at 12 Knight Street, Jarrow.
Pte. Thomas Kane
British Army 11th Btn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
(d.23rd Apr 1917)
I'm currently trying to find a photo of my great grandfather who is buried at Arras in France. Even a photo of his 11th Bt as I'm going over to meet him with my family in the near future and would love to have more than a name to show them. His name was Thomas Kane 11th bn argyll and sutherland highlanders Killed at Arras 23 4 1917 serv nu s/4992
Pte. William Kane
British Army 27th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers
(d.28th Apr 1917)William Kane was serving with 27th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers when he died aged 22 on 28th April 1917. He had formerly served in the West Yorks Regiment, having enlisted in Jarrow. He was the son of John and Susan Kane of Jarrow, on the 1911 census he is recorded as William Kane age 16 Apprentice Rivetter in Shipyard is with his parents John and Susannah Kane and family at 10 Alfred Street, Jarrow .
William is remembered on the Arras Memorial and is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (west face) Jarrow.
Pte. Peter Kaneney
British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
(d.1st July 1916)
Named on Thiepval Memorial
Cpl. Jeremiah Kavanagh
British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers
from:Clare Street, Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
(d.9th May 1915)
Jeremiah Kavanagh, son of John & Mary Kavanagh (nee MacNamara) of 61 Clare Street, Limerick City, Limerick, Ireland, enlisted with his cousin Dennis Kavanagh (also a native of Limerick City) in the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Both were killed at the battle of Aubers Ridge on Sunday 9th of May 1915. Jeremiah has no known grave and both he and Dennis are commemorated on the war memorial at Bethune. The battalion suffered heavy losses during this action due to, according some sources, mismanagement, substandard equipment and munitions. Although several works have recently been written on this battle, it still remains an action that was conveniently forgotten by the British Army.
Pte. William Kavanagh
British Army 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
(d.31st Jul 1917)William Kavanagh was serving with 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment when he died on the 31st of July 1917. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.
Pte. E. Kay
Australian Imperial Force. att 3rd Salvage Coy. 37th Btn.
Pte. Elias James Kay
British Army 9th (Pioneers) Battalion Gordon Highlanders
My great-grandfather, Elias James Kay, was a Lancastrian working at Denny's shipyard, Dumbarton, Scotland, when he joined the Gordon Highlanders in 1914. He was allotted to 9th Battalion, which was later designated as the Pioneer Battalion. After training at Aldershot and Haslemere in Hampshire and Perham Down in Wiltshire, the battalion, as part of 15th (Scottish) Division moved to France. There Elias saw service at Loos, some of the Somme battles, Arras, Third Ypres and many others.
When the Pioneer battalions were reorganised Elias was transferred to the Division's 46th Brigade and 10th Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). It was with the Scottish Rifles that he was wounded and invalided home, never to return to combat.
His father (also Elias) had died in 1916 and of Mrs Alice Kay's three other sons who had enlisted Harold, was also invalided home in November 1916 from 1/4th Loyals. John and Albert were bothkilled on the same day the 20th of September 1917 in the 'Passchendaele' offensive (Third Ypres) serving with 1/7th King's (Liverpool) Regiment.
Elias married Alice Thompson in the last few months of 1917, perhaps when granted compassionate leave following the death of his brothers. He raised a family after the War (including my Nanna, Ena Elizabeth Kay) and served in the Admiralty Civil Police at a naval air base at Inskip during the Second World War. He had flecks of shrapnel leaving his body right up to his death in Preston in 1951. Elias was much-loved, his son Elias (known as Ellis) even inherited a love of the pipes from him.
It has been a moving and illuminating process to trace Elias's wartime service and I have recorded the story in a book: "The Road Unknown - With Private Elias Kay and 15th (Scottish) Division in the Great War."
L/Cpl. F. Kay MM.
British Army 237 Coy. Machine Gun Corps
I bought the Military Medal belonging to 86331 L/Cpl F.Kay 237 Coy Machine Gun Corps, also his British War Medal, engraved: 86331 PTE F.Kay Machine Gun Corps.
Pte. James Kay
British Army 1/4th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
(d.26th Aug 1918)
James Lloyd Kay
Canadian Air Force
Jim Kay was born in 1898 and grew up in Nebraska. His father was a doctor and his mother had died when he was very young. At the age of 16, he lied about his age and got work on a merchant ship that was bound for Europe.
When he arrived in England, the Great War had just begun, it was 1914 and he and his companions decided that with all of the technological advances in weaponry, the war would only last 3 months and if they wanted to be part of it, then they should enlist. Jim lied about his age again and joined the Canadian Air Force. He started as a mechanic on the airplanes and worked up to a gunner sitting in the seat behind the pilot and firing a Lewis machine gun from the shoulder. He was shot down (the pilot was killed) and eventually became a pilot.
The U.S. didn't get into the war until the last year and he transferred to the U.S. Army and was shot down during that time period and spent the rest of the war in the hospital.
After he returned to the states he flew mail from Omaha, NE. to Gillette, Wy. The descriptions he gave and the stories he told make me realize the intuition, bravery, and dauntless courage our ancestors had when faced with adversity and how many took advantage of the opportunities offered to them. He died in 1989. He received no military funeral nor recognition. His records were destroyed in a fire years earlier and the government left it at that. He has no children to carry on his name or legacy.
Pte. John Brayshaw Kay
British Army 15th (Civil Service Rifles) Btn. London Regiment
from:Warrington, LancsMy grandfather, John Kay, was recruited into the Civil Service Rifles in 1916; he had been employed as a clerk in the Civil Service from 1915, aged 18.
He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, and was captured in March 1918. From the date given on the Red Cross POW record card - 22nd of March, it seems likey that he was captured during a gas attack in the St Quentin area. He awoke on board a train having been stripped of his ID. Two days later he arrived at Crossen-an-der-Oder POW camp in Eastern Germany (now Poland). He remained a POW until the end of the conflict.
When he returned home, he brought with him a small painting done by a fellow prisoner, a Frenchman named Etienne St Paul, showing the watchtower at Crossen camp. The painting remains in our family to the present day.
Crossen POW Camp Watchtower
Prisoners at Crossen POW Camp
Pte. Max Kay
British Army Royal Army Medical Corps
from:338 Hessle Road, Hull
(d.9th Apr 1916)
RAMC, Twesledown, 31st July 1915Max Kay enlisted in Hull, 1915, aged 23 and was assigned to the Royal Army Medical Corps. Following training in Tweseldown, Surrey, he was assigned to the 13th Western Division and travelled to Mesopotamia (via Egypt) in early 1916. He died from his wounds on 9th April 1916, aged 24 in Mesopotamia (Iraq).
He was mentioned in dispatches by General Sir Percy Lake dispatches of Oct 1916 and received two medals, the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.
Pte Thomas Leslie Kay
British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers
from:77 Bold St, Accrington, Lancs
(d.2nd Jun 1918)
Kay, Thomas, Leslie. Private, 66253, Killed on 2nd June 1918. Aged 19 years.
Buried in Senlis Communal Cemetery Extension, North West of Albert, in grave I. B. 12.
Son of Alice Ellen Bickerstaffe (formerly Kay), of 77 Bold St, Accrington, Lancs. and the late Thomas Kay.
From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.
Sjt. W. Kay
Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
Sgt. William Henry Kay
British Army 10th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps
(d.19th May 1918)William Henry Kay was from a large family that originated in Kimberworth, Yorkshire, having 11 brothers and sisters. He was married to Sarah and they had three children, James, Noah and Jane. He was a blast furnaceman in Middlesbrough before the war and they lived in Grangetown.
He started his military career in September 1914, when he joined the newly formed 10th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. In June 1916 he was promoted to Sergeant. In Aug 1916 he transferred to the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment then in September to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
In March 1917 he was transferred again to the Durham Light Infantry, but was soon moved to the Labour Corps, probably due to ill health. By May 1918 he was back in DLI barracks in Newcastle where he died of a heart attack on the 19 May 1918. His son James, who was 14 when war broke out, also served, but I can not find any details. He survived the war but died in an accident a few years later.
Pte. William Kay
British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
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