Alexander Ogilvie MCVINISH

MCVINISH, Alexander Ogilvie

Service Number: 5440
Enlisted: 13 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: 1889, place not yet discovered
Home Town: Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boilermaker
Died: 1976, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

13 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5440, 26th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 5440, 26th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Itonus embarkation_ship_number: A50 public_note: ''
8 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 5440, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
27 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 5440, 26th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

When two brothers, Colin John McVinish (Snr) and George McVinish, migrated to Australia from Scotland in the late 1800's, they had no idea they would be starting a chain of events that would lead to members of their family taking part in virtually every conflict involving Australian troops that followed.

The two brothers and their wives produced their fair share of offspring who between them and their progeny fought in the Boer War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency and the war in Vietnam.

Colin John McVinish (Snr) and his wife Helen Gerrie McVinish produced 11 children.

Their eldest son, also Colin John, led the way by joining the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen contingent, fighting in the Transvaal, Cape Colony and Orange Free State before being invalided back to Australia in June 1902. He went on to join the 12th Army Brigade, Australian Field Artillery, in World War I, and fought in France.

Five of their sons (including Colin John) served in World War I.   The others were:-


39313 Gunner Colin John McVinish (jnr)
- served in Boer War (#95)
- served in WWI as a Gunner with 12th Field Artillery Brigade.  Returned to Australia on 12 July 1919.

Private James Gerrie McVinish
- who was in the navy at the mine and submarine base on Swan Island, Victoria

2263 Air Mechanic Edwin Plastow McVinish
- who served with the Australian Flying Corps in England.  Returned to Australia 6 May 1919.

1714 Air Mechanic William Gerrie McVinish
- who started in the army and transferred to the Australian Flying Corps early in 1918.  Returned to Australia 13 December 1918.

Two of George's sons also served in World War I:-


Able Seaman George Bannatime McVinish
- joined the Queensland Navy before Federation in 1901, sailing on the gunboat Gayundah,
  patrolling the Queensland coast and chasing pearl poachers off the northern coast of Australia
  before being sent with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force to New Guinea.

6363 Private John McVinish
- fought in France with the 25th Battalion.  Returned to Australia 26/9/1917.


Wife, Mrs Emily Florence McVinish (b.1889 - d. 1974), c/o W W Eldridge, Ruthven Street, Toowomba, Queensland
daughter   Beryl McVinish  (b. 1915 - d. 1998)
Son          Alexander McVinish (b. 1919 - d. 1968)
Daughter   Florence McVinish (b. 1921 - d. 2002)
Daughter   Dorren McVinish  (b. 1923)
Son           David McVinish  (b. 1931 - d. 2004)


Described on enlisting as 26 yrs 11 mths old; married; 5' 6.5" tall; 124 lbs;
medium complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair; Presbyterian

13/3/1916      enlisted in Bundabert, QLD
                     place of enlisting Brisbane, QLD

8/6/1916        promoted to Corporal

26/7/1916      appointed to 14th reinforcements, 26th Battalion, Enoggera Camp

8/8/1916        embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus
                     as a Private in 14th reinforcement, 26th Battalion
18/10/1916    disembarked into Plymouth, England

18/10/1916    marched in from overseas to 7th Training Battalion, England

8/11/1916      to be Acting Sergeant, with EDP, England

16/1/1917      proceeding overseas to France, onboard Princess Clementine

17/1/1917      reverted to Private in 26th Battalion in France

18/1/1917      appointed Acting Sergeant EDP, at 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, France

6/2/1917        reverted to Private
12/2/1917      Private - taken on strength from 14th reinforcements, to 26th Battalion

22/2/1917      sick to hospital
12/3/1917      embarked onboard hospital ship HS Grantully Caslte for England, ex Havre, France
13/3/1917      admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol - with trench feet
16/7/1917      proceeded overseas to France, ex Perham Downs
31/7/1917      rejoined unit in France

7/10/1917      gun shot wound to face (severe) - received in action France
13/10/1917    embarked onboard hospital ship HS Jan Breydel for England
13/10/1917    admitted to King George Military Hospital, London, England
2/11/1917      transferred to 3rd Auxillary, Darford, England

23/11/1917    granted furlo (leave)
7/12/1917      returned to duty at Hurdcott

4/3/1918        proceeded overseas to France
9/3/1918        rejoined unit

18/4/1918      sick to hospital, France
20/4/1918      admitted to L of C Hospital, France
8/5/1918        discharged to Base Depot, France

8/8/1916        apppointed to Vice Corporal, England

29/8/1916      gun shot wound to right hand - wounded in action, France
1/9/1918        invalided to UK, ex France
2/9/1918        admitted to 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, England

18/9/1918      appointed to Vice Sergeant
19/10/1918    reverts to Private

23/10/1918     marched in to Admin Headquarters Hurdcott, England
24/10/1918     Sick with Influenza, admitted to Military Hospital
14/11/1918     discharged to Training Depot

18/12/1918     returned to Australia onboard HMAT Aeneas, ex England

27/3/1919       discharged from service

Medals:           British War medal (19983) and Victory medal (19383)


1976              passed away

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  12/6/2016.  Lest we forget.