Albert Samuel Gay

Surname: Gay
Other names: Albert Samuel
Other people in this story:
George William Gay
Mary A. Gay
Martha Bessie Follett
Locations in this story:
Axminster, Devon
Kington magna, Dorset
Bridport, Dorset
France & Flanders
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Pas de Calais, France

Albert Samuel Gay was born in Axminster, Devon, on 23 Mar 1885 the son of George William Gay and Mary A. Gay.  He lived his early life in Axminster.   He married Martha Bessie Follett in Bridport, Dorset, on 20 May 1907 and set up home at Bowden, Kington Magna, Dorset.  He had enlisted joined the Territorial Force of the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 12580).  On embodiment he transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry and, in time, had been promoted to Sergeant (Service No. 15010).  He served with the 8th Battalion in France and Flanders where he was killed in action on 23 Apr 1917.   He has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, (Bay 4) as well as on the Kington Magna War Memorial.  He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star.  (NB. His name also appears on the Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, War Memorial on a plaque which is thought to have come from Kington Magna.)


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