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Regimental number110
Place of birthGordon Brook, Clarence River, New South Wales
AddressObi Obi, via Nambour, N.C. Line, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height6' 0.5"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinFather, A. McKinnon, Obi Obi, via Nambour, N.C. Line, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
The Machine Gun Section of 31st Bn left from Melbourne on two ships, HMAT A62 'Wandilla', embarking on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41 'Bakara', embarking on 5 November 1915. From the Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish on which ship an individual sailed.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Machine Gun Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 31), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Alice Gravener McKINNON, Nambour, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on board HT 'Wandilla'; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Transferred to 8th Machine Gun Company, 9 March 1916; taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 11 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Ferry Post, 15 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried in Eaton Hall Cemetery; reported by Rev. F.G. Ward, attached to 8th Infantry Brigade.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKINNON John

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