Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Captain Stanley Burnett KAY
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Captain Stanley Burnett KAY. RFC, ex- 7th
Son of Stanley Robert and Hetty Kay, of High Mead, Wood Lane, Headingley, Leeds. Killed 28 January 1918. Aged 26.
A Leeds man, Stanley Kay was born in the city in 1892.
He served with the 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, first proceeding to the front in July 1915. In February 1916 Lt Kay was wounded in action.
On 5 November 1916 Lt Kay was again wounded in action in an attack close to the village of Le Transloy.
On recovery he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and died at home on 28 January 28th 1918 aged 26.
He is buried in Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery.
John Sly (<email@example.com>) has written an article on the life and death of Captain Kay. This article was published in the June/July 2014 edition of "Medal News". The article is especially interesting in that the tragic death of Captain Kay has been well researched by John Sly, and makes a thought-provoking story.
Army Medal Office rolls confirm the award of his medals, adding Died 28 January
On the reverse of the MIC his father’s address is given as High Mead, Wood Lane, Headingly, Leeds
He was born 23 December 1891 at 28 Norwood Terrace, Headingly, Leeds, the son of Stanley Robert Kay, a mining engineer, and his wife Hettie (nee Tidswell). His forenames were originally registered as Frederick William Stanley Burnett, but these
were changed after registration to Stanley Burnett.
He applied for a temporary commission, from the University of Leeds, 18 August 1914. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant 12 September 1914, Lieutenant 19 November 1914, and Captain 13 March 1915.
He was recorded by Wylly as one of the original officers of 7/Yorkshire Regiment in November 1914.
He was twice wounded. First, at Dickebusch, 14 February 1916, when a fragment of shell went through his right lower leg. The battalion war diary recorded: ‘About 5 pm small HE and a few shrapnel began to fall in DICKEBUSCH, which the leading Coy
was first leaving. Capt S B KAY and 2 Lt L A D DAVID were wounded, neither seriously.’
According to a letter he sent to the War Office (3 June) he was hospitalised until 21 March, and was not at that time passed fit for general service.
Second, 5 November 1916, at Le Transloy (according to his own letter to the War Office), when gunshot wounds broke his right forearm and left leg. The war diary recorded: ‘During...the shelling of our trenches Capt S B KAY was wounded...’ He
was in hospital until 21 June 1917, the wound in his arm resulting in the contraction of the fingers of the right hand, rendering his right hand useless, and making him unfit for anything other than home service.
He died on 28 January 1918 at 106 Marina, St Leonards-On-Sea, having (according to his death certificate) ‘accidentally shot himself with a revolver causing laceration of the brain’. This was the outcome of an inquest held on 30 January. According to the inquest report he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps as an instructor in photography.
His obituary in the Green Howards Gazette recorded that he was educated at Leeds Grammar School, and entered his father’s business as a mining and civil engineer in Leeds.
In the probate of his will, his estate was valued as £869 6s 2d.
(Refs: WO 339/13061
LG 1914 p 7223
General Register Office
The Green Howards In The Great War (Wylly) pp 213, 218, 227-8
GHG vol XXV p 98)
Select the link below to read the article as published in "Medal News".
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