Malcolm John (Mac) MCGHIE MC

MCGHIE, Malcolm John

Service Numbers: 18, 1694
Enlisted: 23 February 1901, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gympie, Queensland, 27 August 1880
Home Town: Gympie, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Accidental (drowned), Campbell Town, Tasmania, 17 January 1954, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Kirklands Presbyterian Cemetery, Tasmania
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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Boer War Service

23 Feb 1901: Enlisted Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Private, Brisbane, Queensland
6 Mar 1901: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Private, 18, 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, Left Pinkenba (Brisbane) by the transport 'Templemore'
20 May 1901: Promoted Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Corporal, 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen
5 May 1902: Discharged Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Corporal, 18, 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, Disbandment of the Regiment

World War 1 Service

20 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1694, Brisbane, Queensland
30 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Brisbane
11 Nov 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 15th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

Awarded the Military Cross (www.awm.gov.au) 

'For conspicuous gallantry. When the enemy counter attacked he led a few of his bombers behind them the result being the surrender of many of them. On other occasions he has done fine work under fire.' SOURCE: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 Date: 19 April 1917.

For the continual gallant action and dedication to duty displayed by Lieutenant Malcolm John McGhie, he was recommended a Bar to the Military Cross (www.awm.gov.au) on 8 April 1918.

Captain Malcolm John McGhie's brother was Lieutenant Norman McGhie (/explore/people/193596) who served during the First World War with the 18th Australian Infantry Battalion and returned to Australia from active service on 13 February 1917, due to wounds received in action.

"OBITUARY

Capt. M. J. McGhie
CAPT. MALCOLM JOHN McGHIE, who was accidentally drowned in the Macquarie River on Sunday, was a Queenslander by birth. Aged 74, Capt. McGhie lived at Bicton in the Barton district of Campbell Town. He was one of the original settlers in that part of Bicton which was cut up for soldier settlement in 1921. Capt. McGhie was well known as a breeder of Shetland ponies, which was one of his hobbies at Bicton. He was a veteran of the South African War and World War I, in which he served with the 51st Battalion.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, Frank and John, and a daughter, Rowena. The funeral will leave for the Kirkland Cemetery, Campbell Town, this afternoon at 2.30 p.m." from The Hobart Mercury 21 Jan 1954 (nla.gov.au)

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