Victor Ronald MCKAY


MCKAY, Victor Ronald

Service Number: 2428
Enlisted: 27 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ingham, Queensland, 5 April 1896
Home Town: Townsville, Townsville, Queensland
Schooling: South Townsville State School
Occupation: Gas fitter/Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, Noreuil, France, 6 April 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Townsville Cenotaph, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

27 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, 9th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
20 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Sydney
6 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, 49th Infantry Battalion

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Victor Ronald McKay was born in Ingham, North Queensland, on 5th April 1896. He volunteered to join the AIF in June 1915 at the age of 19. He was appointed to the 9th Battalion in August 1915 and joined his unit in Lemnos in November 1915. He transferred to the 49th Battalion in February 1916 and after training in Northern Africa, was sent to France in June 1916. He was injured in battle several times but returned to duty each time. He was killed in action at Noreuil, France, on 6th April, 1917, the day after his 21st birthday. - Teresa Sanchez