George MCWILLIAM

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MCWILLIAM, George

Service Number: 1955
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Keith, Scotland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Mackie Academy, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire & Marykirk
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 8 July 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Messines Ridge British Cemetery
Plot V Row C Grave 35
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dalby St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Dalby War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1955, 49th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1955, 49th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Brisbane
8 Jul 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 1955, 41st Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Enlisted at Toowoomba, Qld.

Embarked from Brisbane.

He was 25 and the son of John McWilliam, Haughhead, Laurencekirk.

He is one of three former pupils of Mackie Academy in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire who served with Australian forces and are remembered on the Honour Board there.

Mackie Academy is a now a secondary school in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. The school was founded in 1893 thanks to the generosity of a local merchant, William Mackie, who bequeathed money in his will to establish a school in Stonehaven.

Today, the feeder primary schools are Arduthie, Bervie, Catterline, Dunnottar, Glenbervie, Gourdon, Johnshaven, Kinneff, Lairhillock, and Mill O'Forest.

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Born at Keith, Scotland

Keith (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Chèith, or Cèith Mhaol Rubha (archaic)) is a small town in the Moray council area in north east Scotland.

Until 1975 it was in Banffshire, a name which persists in common usage and historical references.

He is remembered on the Marykirk War Memorial.