Harold KAY
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 33150
Unit: 14th Battalion ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 28 December 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-d’Armentieres, Nord, France

Other than his commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial, the only other local reference to Harold is an entry in the Cheshire Year Book noting his death. All other references connect him with Darwen, Lancashire. He was born there, the third child of James, a school attendance officer, and Ellen. The family was living in the town when the 1901 Census was taken and, in the early 1920s, Mr & Mrs Kay were living there, at 120 Olive Lane. However, he is not commemorated on the Darwen town memorial . Perhaps Harold had come to work in Stockport. However, whatever Harold's connections with the area, he travelled to his home town to enlist in the army. He was assigned to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and went overseas on 1 December 1915.

There are few details of the day Harold was killed, most probably by enemy shellfire or a sniper's bullet. The men spent the tour of duty in the front line taking advantage of the relatively quiet time to improve the trench defences. At night , they also went out into No Man's Land to repair and strengthen the barbed wire in front of the trench. They were relieved in the early of the 28th, by the 15th Battalion and went into billets at Fleurbaix.

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