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Kenneth Pearson McKay



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Pearson AWMM
  • Surname
    McKay AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 401991 AWMM
    • WWII NZ401991 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 December 1916 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 401991 AWMM
    • WWII NZ401991 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    For meritorious service. Corporal McKay's responsibility during the last six months has been in the supervision of all minor inspections to the Unit's aircraft. This position carries with it a considerable amount of technical worries involving long and erratic hours of arduous work. His cheerfulness, resourcefulness and determination to rapidly carry out a faultless job has made him an outstanding personality in the Unit. His organisation, administration and technical knowledge is remarkable for a man of his rank, but his outstanding characteristic is in his ability to keep Section working efficiently during the long sleepless hours, when emergencies made heavy demands on his Section. Through his exceptional loyalty and determination to maintain his Section at peak efficiency, he obtained first class results, thereby contributing largely to the operational succes of the RNZAF in this Area. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Fitter/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 12 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Dorothy Bernice McKay (nee Ramsay). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    8 November 1996 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
    TaradaleNapier AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Plot 12, Section 18, Services Area, Wharerangi Cemetery, Napier AWMM
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  • External links
    'King confers Birthday Honors', Gisborne Herald, 13 June 1946. Papers Past.
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    p.338 AWMM

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