Private Thomas Kay

Private Thomas Robson Kay, 8th/10th ( Service ) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 22, on the 9th April 1917 on the first day of the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of Andrew and Janet Kay of 9 Duke Street, Hawick. Before enlisting in September 1914 he had been employed at Sime Williamson’s Mill in Hawick and had played football for Hawick Rangers F.C.  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He fell in the attack across ” Battery Valley” towards ” Observation Ridge”. The Battalion was part of the 15th ( Scottish ) Division and all the day’s objectives were taken and consolidated. The photos show Allied troops during the Battle.

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