James Alexander MACGILLIVRAY (MCGILLIVRAY)

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MACGILLIVRAY (MCGILLIVRAY), James Alexander

Service Number: 312
Enlisted: 22 October 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Lake Mundi, South Australia, 1889
Home Town: Penola, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 28 August 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Clare 9th Light Horse WW1 Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Penola War Memorial, Penola War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 312, Morphettville, South Australia
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 312, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 312, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 312, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 312, 9th Light Horse Regiment, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli
28 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 312, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Father

419 Regimental Sergeant Major James McIntosh McGillivray 5th South Australia Contingent KIA Boer War South Africa 21 July 1901 age 50.

His father Regimental Sergeant Major James McIntosh McGillivray was born in 1851, near Inverness, Scotland. He lived at Lake Mundi, near Casterton in Victoria before he moved to South Australia where he married in 1881. He was one of six Mount Gambier members of the South Australian Contingent which went to England in 1897 for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. McGillivray was the father of nine children and was over 50 years of age when he served with the 5th South Australian Contingent during the Boer War. He must have had considerable experience in the army as he served as the Regimental Sergeant Major. RSM McGillivray was killed in action at Vankollensfontein, South Africa, on the 21st July 1901.

312 Private James Alexander McGillivray as member of the 9th Light Horse was fortunate to be the reserve regiment for the Brigade’s disastrous attack on the Nek on 7th August, but the 9th subsequently suffered 50 per cent casualties attacking Hill 60 on 27th August. James was killed in action during this fight, on the 28th August 1915, and was buried by a chaplain of the Connaught Rangers, somewhere close to Hill 60. His grave was never found and his name is now remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial in Turkey.

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