Edward Kaye (c.1896-1916)

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Edward Kaye (c.1896-1916)

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

KAYE, EDWARD. Private. No 23988. 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born New Mill, Holmfirth. Son of Mrs Frank Kaye, Butterley Lane, New Mill. Educated New Mill National School. Enlisted March 1915. Embarked for France in March 1916. Killed in action, 17.12.1916, aged 20 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His mother received a letter from Private A. E. Hutchison of the same platoon as her son. He wrote a description of Private Kaye's movements, 'He was coming from the trenches with Private Fletcher of Cheadle, Staffordshire, who gave me the information as he belonged to 'Y' Company and mine is 'X'. They had been detailed off to stay behind and give the relieving men knowledge of the positions and how it worked. They came to a dugout lower down and stayed there until four in the afternoon. They set off to join the Company and had not gone far when Neddy, as they called him, fell forward on his face. Private Fletcher at once attended to him but he only breathed once. He died a painless death. At the same time it was most unlucky as it was a stray bullet and according to some Northumberland Fusiliers stretcher-bearers who were passing it was through his heart. He is buried close by and will have a cross with name and number to mark his grave. Private Fletcher says he handed his pay-book, etc, to the Officer. It was most unlucky as the place is scarcely ever free from shell fire but rifle fire is very rare. I have also gone for water myself during the day over the same ground when bad for a drink. I should not risk snipers if I risk shells.'
ROH:- New Mill Working Men's Club; Fulstone War Memorial.

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