Charles Holley MCKAY CBE

MCKAY, Charles Holley

Service Number: 3864
Enlisted: 14 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Great Western, Victoria, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Great Western, Northern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: 8 November 1972, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

14 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3864
23 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3864, 8th Infantry Battalion
23 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3864, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

Served in WW1 in france and Arabia with the 5th and 12th battalions. Joined the RSL on his return in 1919,  he served as a sub branch officer then delegate to the No. 20 District Board of Victoria which he held for 28 years.  he was elected a state Councillor of Victorian Branch in 1933 and in 1946 became Country Vice President.  In 1956 he was elected State President of Victoria until he retires in 1964.  For 22 years he served on the RSL Land Settlement Committee as member and Chairman.  he served as a trusttee of the Victoriaan RSL; as a member of the War veterans Home Trust of Vicoria ; ANZAC Day Commenoration Council; trustee of the Shine of Remeberance and as Chairman of the Florance Nightingale Trust.  In 1947 he was awarded a life membership for his services to the RSL. 1956 he was honoured by Her Majasty with a CBE a and again in 1963 when he was knighted.  With his wife Frances he worked for the Returned Service League to help veterans, ill health of both parties was the only way this work was gradually brought to a close.