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|Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:12 pm Post subject: The Archibald Hay Mess - University of Kent, Chatham.
|Andrew's most recent post on the Bowling War Memorial refers to a bombing raid at Chatham in September 1917.
The Glasgow Herald, Wednesday, 12th. September, 1917.
"Deaths on Service.
M'LEAN.- Killed in air raid, Chatham, 3rd September, 1917, Alex. M'Lean, Stoker, 1st Class, late H.M.S. Repulse, aged 24, dearly beloved son of Mr and Mrs Duncan M'Lean, Hollybank, Bowling; deeply regretted.
We miss him most who loved him best."
When reading up on this incident at the Drill Hall Library in Chatham
I noticed that "In 2012, the library opened the Archibald Hay Mess (named after the youngest naval rating killed in the bombing in 1917 – see above), a cafe and place for students to eat within the library"
Hay was a young Edinburgh lad.
HAY, ARCHIBALD MITCHELL
Rank:Stoker 2nd Class
Date of Death:03/09/1917
Regiment/Service:Royal Navy H.M.S. Pembroke
Grave Reference:Naval. 6. 309.
Cemetery:GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, KENT
Additional Information:Son of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Hay, of 15, Rossie Place, Edinburgh.
"Archibald was born on 7 February 1900, in Edinburgh, an only son. When he was 16, he was working on Princess Street when he was given a white feather by an older woman, who mistaking thought he was older and avoiding his patriotic duty. Later, he ran away from home and joined the Navy. He was the youngest rating killed during the night of the bombing, aged 17 years old."