Robert Hugh MCKAY


MCKAY, Robert Hugh

Service Number: SX15805
Enlisted: 30 December 1941, Wayville, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/7th Independent Company
Born: Wilcannia, New South Wales, 25 April 1909
Home Town: Wilcannia, Central Darling, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shearer
Died: Killed in action, Papua, 12 January 1943, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian Commando Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Keswick Royal Australia Corps of Signals Memorial, Lae Memorial
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World War 2 Service

30 Dec 1941: Involvement Private, SN SX15805, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
30 Dec 1941: Enlisted Wayville, SA
1 Mar 1942: Involvement Private, SN SX15805, 2nd/7th Independent Company
Date unknown: Involvement

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Father ____ and Mother Margaret Ann Maden.

Wife      Alice Jane McKay, living at Woore Street, Wilcannia, New South Wales

Described on enlisting as 32 years 8 months old; married; brown hair; blue eyes;
Roman Catholic

30/12/1941    Enlisted at Wayville, South Australia

15/1/1942      taken on strength into 3TB from RRD

11/5/1942      detached to 2/4 Ord stks Company

1/6/1942        marched out from 3T Btn to 10th Battalion

8/6/1942        entrained from SA to NSW

18/7/1942      entrained from NSW to VIC
                     transferred to Independent Corps, VIC

20/7/1942      transferred to Australian Guer Warfare School

20/9/1942      posted to 7th Indendent Company

4/10/1942      Emplaned at Townsville and deplaned at Port Moresby


11/1/1943      died in action (33 years old)
                     as a Private in the Australian Infantry, 2/7 Independent Company

26/3/1943      AIF stated he was buried at:  Observation Hill
                                                               North-South of Mubo


His name is commemorated on Panel No.2 at the Lae Memorial, within the Lae War Cemetery,
Lae, New Guinea.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  29/3/2015.  Lest we forget.