2nd Lieutenant Ernest David Kay.

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11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

Awarded the M.C. in the London Gazette of 16th September 1918.
Kay was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

Photograph courtesy of Pat and Roger Kay.

The citation for his M.C. reads: - "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, in charge of a platoon, acted as rear guard to the withdrawing troops for the whole of one day, and was the last to leave each successive position. He continually rallied stragglers and reorganised the line on his flanks. The following day seeing the enemy massing in an hollow, he took three Lewis guns forward 150 yards to a position from which he could effectively enfilade them. He was always in the open, watching for the enemy's movements or controlling the fire of his men." For the actions at Vieux Berquin on the 12/13th April 1918. Originally served as 16041 Sergeant until commissioned from the ranks.