KAY, Archibald James
(Service number 1279)

First Rank Last Rank


Date 17 April 1886 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 28 June 1915 Age 28 years 7 months
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Quarryman
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
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 10th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 8th Light Horse
Embarked From Destination
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Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date *1960 Age 73 years
Place of Death Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

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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