Seeking information about a former resident of Hull and Preston: Mrs Kay Wray
My name is Kristen Alexander. I am an Australian writer and I am researching the Australian pilots of
the Battle of Britain.
I am seeking information about Kathleen Agnes (Kay) Wray who was born Kathleen Agnes Brodrick in the September quarter of 1916 in the Sculcoates district. Her mother, a widow (maiden name was Nettleton) lived at James Reckitt Avenue, East
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Kay met Flight Lieutenant Paterson Clarence (Pat) Hughes, an Australian flight commander in 234 Squadron RAF, in February 1940. After a whirlwind romance, they married on 1 August 1940 at the Bodmin, Cornwall registry office. Pat, the highest scoring Australian fighter ace of the Battle of Britain, was killed in action on 7 September 1940.
After Pat's death, Kay initially drove a converted ambulance and later joined the WAAF.
In the June Quarter 1946, Kay married Henry Moor, an ex-Army prisoner of war at Hull. They had two sons (and two grandchildren). That marriage ended in
divorce, as did a subsequent marriage in the September Quarter of 1964 to Cecil Marchant, also at Hull.
After the failure of her third marriage, Kay worked at an old peoples' home for 14 years, first and the deputy and then as the matron. After she retired, she met her fourth husband, Francis D'A. Wray. They married in the September quarter of 1978 and lived at Preston.
Kay died on 28 June 1983 and her ashes are buried with Pat in the Sutton-upon-Hull churchyard.
I would welcome any contact with members of Kay's extended family who can help paint a picture of the woman who fell in love with an Australian who reminded her a little of Errol Flynn. As she was important enough to Pat to fall in love with and marry, I would like to know as much about her as possible.
My contact details are: Mrs Kristen Alexander, PO Box 746, Mawson, ACT, 2607, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org