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Coolie C. H. K'ung .     Chinese Labour Corps   from China

(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.

s flynn

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)   from Canada

(d. 9 June 1918)

S. Flynn

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.

S Flynn

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.

s flynn

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.

Nora Pearce

Pte. John Vincent Kane .     British Army 10th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen

Pte. John Kane .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Pte. Joseph Kane .     British Army 9th Battalion Cameronians Scottish Rifles   from Blantyre, Lanark

(d.3rd May 1917)

Fiona Phillips

Pte. P. Kane .     British Army Leinster Regiment   from Ireland

(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.

s flynn

Cpl. Patrick Kane .     British Army 1st/3rd Durham Field Company Royal Engineers   from Hebburn

(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.

Vin Mullen

Frmn. Peter Kane .     Mercantile Marine SS Kathleen Lily   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen

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

Shane Walker

Pte. William Kane .     British Army 27th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen

Pte. Peter Kaneney .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from East Stanley

(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.

Patrick A Kavanagh

Pte. William Kavanagh .     British Army 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen

Pte. E. Kay .     Australian Imperial Force. att 3rd Salvage Coy. 37th Btn.

Pte. Elias James Kay .     British Army 9th (Pioneers) Battalion Gordon Highlanders   from Preston, Lancashire

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   from Sheffield

(d.26th Aug 1918)


Pte. Max Kay .     British Army Royal Army Medical Corps   from 338 Hessle Road, Hull

(d.9th Apr 1916)

RAMC, Twesledown, 31st July 1915

Max 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.

Dave Willis

Sjt. W. Kay .     Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Sgt. William Henry Kay .     British Army 10th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps   from Grangetown, Yorks

(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.

Andrew Coles

Pte. William Kay .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Capt. Lawrence Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth .     British Army 11 Bde, D Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.30th Mar 1917)

Captain Lawrence Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth served in the Royal Field Artillery. At the time of his death he was commanding D Battery, 11th Brigade RFA. He was killed in action during the Battle of Vimy Ridge on the 30th March 1917.

S. Flynn

A. E. Kaye .     British Army 11th Btn. Kings Liverpool Regiment

Pte Kaye served with the King's Liverpool Regiment 11th Battalion. He was treated at Red Gables Hospital in Bletchingley, Surrey. On 20th December 1915 he signed Sister Atkin's autograph book.

Nora Pearce

Pte. Joseph Kaye .     British Army 5th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment   from Worsbrough, Barnsley

My Grandad Joe Kaye joined up on the 18th November 1914. He was severely wounded at the Somme and finally invalided out on the 14th July 1918. He had the War medal, the Victory medal and the Silver war badge. He finally succumbed to the effects of his wounds in 1937. I never had the honour of meeting him.

This link contains a film of the battalion during an inspection in 1915.

Bill Kaye

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