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Woodsetts, Notts
Thomas Kay and Annie Goucher married in 1872 registered in Worksop. They lived in nearby Woodsetts and had nine children all born in Woodsetts, William H born 1874, Robert 1879, Harry 1881, Sam 1883, John L 1885, Grace 1887, Frances 1890 Rowland 1894 and Cecil born 1896. Thomas was a lifelong miner, an occupation that his sons followed. In 1901 Harry was a farm worker at Primrose Valley Farm, Worksop and in 1910 he married Catherine Craddock in Worksop. A year later he was recorded with his wife, as a coal miner visiting his brother, Robert. Harry and Catherine had a son, Raymond, in 1914.
03 May 1917
1575032 - CWGC Website
Leicestershire Regiment
Harry enlisted at Worksop in the Army. He joined the 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment which was raised at Leicester in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army and joined 23rd Division as Divisional Troops. In April 1915 they transferred to 110th Brigade, 39th Division and with the rest of the Battalion, Harry proceeded to France on 29th of July 1915 the Division concentrating near Tilques. On the 9th of July 1916 they transferred with 110th Brigade to 21st Division. They were in action in the Battles of The Somme, including The Battle of Morval in which the Division captured Geudecourt. Harry’s location and date of death in May 1917 means he was probably killed in action during the Battle of Arras. As his body was never recovered he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Harry's brother Cecil also served. Another brother Sam, was killed in France in July 1916, and is named on the St John Church memorial, Worksop.
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