KAY, Archibald James
(Service number 1279)
|First Rank||Last Rank|
|Date||17 April 1886||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||28 June 1915||Age||28 years 7 months|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience||New Zealand Mounted Rifles - one year|
|Marital Status||Single, then married|
|Next of Kin||Mr George KAY (father), "Homeview", Cheviot, Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Served with||Australian Imperial Force||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||10th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||8th Light Horse|
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|Place of Death||Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia|
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Archibald James Kay was the eldest son of George and Catherine McLeod Mc Queen (née Fraser) Kay. Born on 17 April 1886 at Timaru, he was educated at Mackenzie School, Canterbury. Archibald enlisted with the 8th Light Horse, 10th Reinforcements of the Australian Imperial Force on 28 June 1915 at Melbourne, aged 28 years 7 months. He had served one year with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles. A quarryman, Presbyterian, and then single, he named his father as next-of-kin – Mr George Kay, “Homeview”, Cheviot, Canterbury, N.Z.
In 1915 in Victoria, before embarkation, Archibald married Florence Thompson, their first child being born after his return from the war. He died in 1960 at Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia, aged 73 years. Two brothers – Benjamin James Kay and George Cheviot Kay – were killed in action in 1915 at Gallipoli.
NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [15 April 2020]; School Admission records [15 April 2020]
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