Charles Frederick McKay

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Charles Frederick McKay
Personal Information
Date of Birth 12 Jun 1892
Place of Birth Toodyay, Western Australia
Death 6 May 1978, aged 85
Place of Death Kewdale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 23 years, 8 months
Description 5'8¼" (1.73m) tall ; 154lbs
69.853 kg
; dark complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr James McKay
Military Information
Reg Number 3890
Date of Enlistment 16 Nov 1915
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 9th Reinforcements transferred to 51st Battalion /13th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 12 Feb 1916 ‒ 11 Mar 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades Fremantle to England
Date of Return 27 Sep 1917 ‒ 12 Nov 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A29 Suevic England to Fremantle
Fate Returned to Australia (Medical grounds)
Monument Mundijong School Roll of Honour
Mundijong Honour Roll
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

WW 1 Service

A month after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Charles was allocated to the 9th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion and travelled with them to Egypt, where as part of the expansion of the Australian forces he was posted to the 51st Battalion at Serapeum on 2 Apr 1916. Soon after he was hospitalised by the 13th Field Ambulance with Trachoma, rejoining the 51st Battalion on 21 Apr 1916.

On 5 Jun along with the rest of his unit he embarked on the HMT Ivernia in Alexandria, for Marseilles where they disembarked on 12 Jun 1916.

On 13 Sep 1916 Charles was appointed Driver, but on 11 Nov 1916 he was admitted to the 25th Stationary Hospital in Rouen with mumps. Released from hospital on 1 Dec 1916 it was not until 22 Dec 1916 that he rejoined the battalion who at that time were in Vignacourt rebuilding and retraining. On 8 Jan 1917 he was again hospitalised, this time with conjunctivitis and after being seen by the 36th Casualty Clearing Station he was sent to the 5th General Hospital in Rouen on 10 Jan 1917. Evacuated to England aboard HMHS Dunluce Castle on 12 Jan from Le Havre he was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital in Wandsworth.

Released to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield on 2 May 1917 he was sent on furlough from 3 -17 May 1917. Returning late from his leave he was charged with being AWOL from 3:30pm 17 May to 4:00pm 18 May 1917. For which he was awarded 4 days confined to Camp, and forfeiture of 2 days pay. He was reclassified soon after at Perham Downs and the decision was made to send him back to Australia. Discharged 5th Military District 5 Jan 1918.

Between the Wars

In 1924 Charles married Clara Margaret Risdon in Fremantle. Clara died 29 Nov 1965 aged 65 in Carlisle.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 Mundijong, labourer; 1931 - 1943 at Canning Mills, labourer.

WW 2 Service

He enlisted on 24 Apr 1942, and attained the rank of Lance Corporal on 1 Sep 1943 serving with 2 Platoon of 'A' Company of the 12th (Jarrah) VDC Battalion. Charles was injured accidentally while on duty on 17 Oct 1943. His crushed finger caused him to lose wages from his civilian employer. He was granted £13/17/6 ($27.75). On 29 May 1944 he was promoted Corporal before he and the rest of the unit were put into the Reserve on 31 Jul 1944

Post WW 2

Electoral Roll entries - 1949 at Canning Mills, labourer. 1954 Carinya via Karragullen, forestry worker; 1958 retired to Croyden road, Roleystone; 1963 at 95 Mars street, Carlisle; 1977 at 8 Pritchard street, Kewdale.


In some records he was Charles Frederick, while in others he was Frederick Charles. His WW2 enlistment was as Frederic Charles.

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