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Charles Kay was born in Bolton and was the older brother of 242292 Private Robert Kay M.M. of the same battalion.

In the 1881 census returns his family are shown as living at 15 Gregson Field, Great Lever, Bolton. His father, William, was an Iron Foundry worker, aged 30 yrs and mother Margaret also 30 yrs.

In 1891 the family are shown as: William 40yrs, an oiler/greaser, Margaret 40yrs a housekeeper, Charles 15yrs, Thomas 13yrs, Robert 11yrs,  Mary E  9yrs, Betsy 6yrs, William (Jnr) 4yrs, Nathan 1yr,  living at 52 Mill Street, Great Lever, Bolton.

Before the war he worked in the cotton mills as a minder at Messrs Winder & McKeans, Bradford Mill on Weston Street, Bolton. He was married and had three children and lived at 92 Bull Lane, Great Lever.Chas Kay a

Charles had joined the Regiment in 1915 but had only been at the front since February 1917. He was killed whilst the Battalion were entrenched in the Cordonnerie sector, by a shell fragment on 1st April 1917 aged 41 years and is buried Rue Petillon Cemetery, Fleurbaix.

Rank: Private
Service No: 242320
Date of Death: 01/04/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/5th Bn.

Additional Information: Charles was the second brother of this family to have been killed. The youngest brother 19051 Private Nathan Kay of the 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards was killed 16 months previously and is buried at Merville Communal Cemetery.

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