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WWI C.B.E./C.M.G. GROUP OF 8 MEDALS TO LT. COL. W.M. KAY, SCO. RIF.

C.B.E. Neck Badge in box of issue; C.M.G. Breast Badge in box of issue; 1914-15 Star to Lt. Col. W.M. Kay, Sco. Rif.; WWI War Medal to Lt. Col. W.M. Kay; WWI Victory Medal with M.I.D. Oak Leaf to Lt. Col. W.M. Kay; Coronation Medal 1937; Volunteer Force Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Edward VII to Major W.M. Kay, 2/V.B. Scottish Rif.; Silver hallmarked Territorial Decoration George V, all in Spink & Son Ltd.
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£2,995.00
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Colonel William Martin Kay was born on 18 Aug 1871, the son of James Cunningham Kay and Elizabeth Stevenson Crawford of Hamilton, Co. Lanark. He volunteered for service with the 2nd V.B. Scottish Rifles in 1889 and was commissioned in 184, promoted to Captain in 1901, made Major in 1905, commanding the 6th Battalion, Scottish Rifles T.F. from 1912. Following the outbreak of WWI, Kay was wounded as Commanding Officer at Festubert in June 1915. Recovering from his wounds, he rejoined to command the 6th Bn. on 12 Oct 1915. Mentioned In Despatches on 15 June 1916 and created Commander of the Order of St. Michael & St. George in June 1916. Reverting to the Reserve in 1918, he was promoted full Colonel and assumed the Secretaryship of the Lanarkshire Territorial Army Association in that year, and for the next 18 years. Kay was also County Secretary of the Boy Scout Movement from 1910, Distict Commissioner in 1921 and President of the Hamilton Branch of the British Legion and Vice-Chairman in Scotland until his retirement from office in 1947. His funeral was held with a large congregation on 30 Jan 1948 at Auchingramont Parish Church.

 

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