McKay, Tom Douglas (298)

Place of Birth: Rosebery, VIC

Age: 19 years 4 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 18 August 1914 – Sydney, NSW

Service Number: 298            view online service record

Address:
36 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mrs E McKay (mother)
36 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 20 October 1914
Ship: HMAT Euripides A14
Port: Sydney, NSW
Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion

Fate:
KIA: Saturday, 1 May 1915
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula


Brother: Reginald Jack McKay (2423)

Private, 21 Infantry, killed in action 1 May, 1915, France, aged 20, commemorated Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

Parents: Thomas Fraser and Mrs Elizabeth MCKAY, born Roseberg, NW Victoria, educated Graham Street SS. A 19-year-old typewriter mechanic, he enlisted from Sydney where he is noted as captain on the Newtown Football Club, parents at 36 Clark Street, circular returned from there. Commemorated on the Honour Roll at the Bridge Street Presbyterian Church.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


T D McKay was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91164781

Comments

  1. Brian Membrey says:

    Three eyewitnesses suggested he had been shot through the head and buried; another had him dying at sea while being invalided back to Egypt with severe rheumatism.

    “On 26th April, 1915, “D” Coy. was attacking up a hill about half-a-mile from the shore. Informant was close to McKay, who was shot in the right shoulder. Informant knows nothing more” (O’Brien, Pte. H. E. 569, 4th Battn., “D” Coy)

    “Informant heard that McKay was injured during the landing at Anzac on the 25th April, sent away, returned and suffered severely from rheumatism and for the second time was sent away sick and died on the hospital ship somewhere between Malta and England” (Sgt Ross, No. 1035)

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