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Lawrence KAY

Regimental number1964
Date of birth11 November 1887
Place of birthRomsey, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPrinter
AddressMyers Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Kay, Myers Street, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: No 6 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Promotion date: 5 December 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: Australian Flying Corps
Promotion date: 5 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919
Discharge date25 October 1919
Other details

War service: embarked from Melbourne, 17 April 1915. Wounded at Gallipoli, 6 August 1915; transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, 14 August 1915; rejoined unit, 17 September 1915.

Taken on strength, 2nd Machine Gun Company, 12 March 1916. Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 30 March 1916. Wounded in action, Pozieres, France, 15 August 1916; admitted to No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 15 August 1916; transferred to England and admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, 25 August 1916. Taken on strength, No. 1 Command Depot, 5 October 1916.

Transferred to Australian Flying Corps, 23 March 1917. Attended School of Instruction, Langham Place, 30 May 1917. Attached to 71 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 6 June 1917; to 29 Training Squadron, 9 October 1917. Graduated pilot, and appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 5 December 1918.

Crashed and badly injured, December 1917. Returned from hospital and taken on strength, 6 Training Squadron, 18 April 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 6 November 1918. Promoted Lieutenant, 13 December 1918. Transferred to England, 20 January 1919. Commenced return to Australia, 17 March 1919; disembarked at Melbourne, 30 April 1919. Discharged, medically unfit, 25 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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Date of death3 August 1962
Age at death73
Place of burialCremated: Springvale Crematorium, Melbourne, Victoria

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