Alfred KAYE
Rank: Private
Number: G/58662
Unit: 20th Battalion MIDDLESEX REGIMENT
Date of Death: 6 September 1918
Age: 21
Cemetery: Hagle Dump Cemetery, Elverdinge, Belgium

The Kaye’s lived at 52 Crosby Street, Cale Green, for many years. Alfred and Florence Kaye both originated from Yorkshire but are thought to have met and married in Stockport in the early 1890s. Alfred was their only son and they also had two daughters, Alice and Edith.

Nothing is known of his early years but, before he joined the army, he worked for Stockport Co-operative Society. For some reason, he did not join up locally, but travelled to Hounslow in Middlesex. Perhaps he always intended to join the Middlesex Regiment but his medal entitlement records at the National Archives show this was not his original unit. He first served with the Army Cyclist Corps (service number 8281) before being transferred to the Royal Sussex Regiment (3880) before his final transfer. It was reported in the local press that he had only been overseas since July 1918.

On 6 September, the Battalion was in the front line at a position called Manor Farm, near the Belgian town of Ypres. Alfred was one of the Battalion’s signallers and was at his post in the dug-out, manning the telephone, when an enemy shell hit it. The roof fell in, killing him instantly.

His officer later wrote to the family saying he had been a most conscientious soldier, full of spirit and had done excellent work as a signaller.

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