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Samuel McKAY

Regimental number2436
Place of birthSt Arnaud, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressSt Arnaud, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 3.75"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinFather, Donald McKay, Portree Farm, Beasleye Bridge via St Arnaud, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 September 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 January 1919
Discharge date10 September 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 20 October 1916; trans-shipped to HT 'Borda' at Sierra Leone, 3 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched into 10th Training Bn, 10 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 26 January 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to Sutton Veny, 16 February 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 14 April 1917.

Marched into 10th Training Bn, 14 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 July 1917; marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, no date stated.

Proceeded to unit, 2 August 1917; taken on strength of 37th Bn, 5 August 1917.

On leave to England, 10 March 1918; rejoined unit, 4 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 12 June 1918; admitted to No 10 Field Ambulance, 12 June 1918; transferred to No 5 Casualty Clearing Station, 12 June 1918 (shrapnel wound right leg and left shoulder); to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 24 June 1918; to England, 16 July 1918; to Beaufort War Hospital, 17 July 1918 (shrapnel wound arm and amputated; shrapnel wound leg and amputated, severe); to No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 17 December 1918; discharged, 5 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australian on board HT 'Kanowna', 5 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 7 March 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit), 10 September 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death24 February 1939
Place of burialSt Arnaud Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKAY Samuel

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