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Sidney Deakin KAY

Regimental number3154
Place of birthAstley Bridge, Bolton, Lancashire, Engalnd
SchoolChurch of England School
Other trainingEngineer Draughtsman, Private Tuition, Telfords
Age on arrival in Australia14
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Bethgeba', Dowling Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Kay, 'Bethgeba', Dowling Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Forces
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Sergeant
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Was Company Sergeant Major of the 20th Battalion. Better known as Sportsman Bill, sailed on the 23rd December, 1915. Was made Warrant Officer in Egypt and owing to sickness of pneumonia his unit sailed for France, then he was asked to stay on as Drill Instructor, but refused sank all, and went in the Lewis gun and there met his death." Details from Mother.
FateKilled in Action 2 April 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialLebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Agnes KAY, 42 Dowling Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsUncle: Norman Kay who was killed at Villers-Bretonneux on 4th April, 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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