David John MCKAY

MCKAY, David John

Service Number: 28112
Enlisted: 5 September 1916, RAS Grounds, Sydney
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, 4 January 1896
Home Town: Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Maitland Boys' High School, Maitland, New South Wales
Occupation: Library Assistant
Died: Shell Blast, Belgium, 15 November 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: The Huts Cemetery, ​Dickebusch, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maitland High School Roll of Honour, West Maitland Superior Public School Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

5 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, 28112, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, RAS Grounds, Sydney
25 Oct 1916: Involvement Gunner, 28112, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
25 Oct 1916: Embarked Gunner, 28112, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, HMAT Ascanius, Sydney
5 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
15 Nov 1917: Involvement Gunner, 28112, Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 28112 awm_unit: 102nd Australian (Howitzer) Battery awm_rank: Gunner awm_died_date: 1917-11-15

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

The Daily Observer at Tamworth reported on 19 December 1917 that Rev. J. Scott, Presbyterian minister has been informed by Base Records, that Gunner D. J. .McKay, eldest, son of Mr. David McKay, of High-street, West Maitland and the late Mrs Susan McKay (nee Gibson) was killed in action in Belgium on November 15.

An old boy of Maitland High School, the deceased was 21 years of age, being born in January 1896 but had stated his age as two years older at enlistment. A fine type of young man, well in-formed, he had contemplated entering the Congregational ministry, for which he was studying when be realised his country's call. He sailed for the front on October 25, 1916. His brother, 18960 Private (William) Alfred McKay, has also enlisted, and left last month with reinforcements to the engineering corps. 

Reference: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103737386