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George MACKAY

Regimental number4834
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPastrycook
Address3 Quarry Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 4.5"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J Mackay, 3 Quarry Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 November 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 21), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Emma MACKAY, 122 Sutherland Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Found guilty, Zeitoun, 13 March 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, viz. damaging property at 7.30 pm, 11 March: awarded paying cost of damage, 15 paistres.

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Transferred to 15th Brigade, 15 May 1916, and taken on strength, 60th Bn, 18 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1920601: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 4937 Pte H. WILLIAMS, 60th Bn, undated [Sydney Bureau]; 'Informant states that Mackay was killed on 19th July, 1916, at Fleru Baix (sic), in France, during a charge in the German trenches. Informant was in the same Company with Mackay, and had previously been with him in the 4th Battalion[.] Informant was wounded alongside Mackay. Mackay was shot through the head. His dead body was lying in No Man's Land ... The charge failed as the Germans flooded the trenches and Mackays (sic) was left in No Man's Land. Informant was lying alongside Mackay's body for a day, and then crept into a shell hole, and on 22nd July an officer brought informant in.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, MACKAY George
Red Cross File No 1920601

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