Service Number: 149
Enlisted: 2 September 1914, An original of A Company
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 11 November 1886
Home Town: Devonport, Devonport, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 11 August 1915, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Devonport ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Gallipoli Campaign, Devonport Cenotaph, King Island Cenotaph, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 149, 12th Infantry Battalion, An original of A Company
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, 149, 12th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, 149, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
11 Aug 1915: Involvement Lance Corporal, 149, 12th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

McKendrick was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his courage at Lone Pine on the 8 August 1915. His name and that of H.J. Ward of the 12th Battalion were put forward by the Adjutant of the 7th Battalion, "for excellent work in a captured trench when the garrison (7th Battalion) were nearly bombed out by the attacking Turks 9th August. By their energy and accurate bomb throwing they succeeded in completely preventing enemy from taking control of fire away from garrison. (One being reported as killed)"

McKendrick was awarded a Mention in Despatches and in fact both men were killed in action, officially on the 11 August 1915. They were killed during another bomb fight in the Lone Pine trenches.