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Peter Mackay

A Family Photo - Peter was one of 5 siblings that fought in WWII. The children of Donald & Mary Mackay
Peter was their third child and was born in Scotland 29th August 1905. He travelled to New Zealand on board the R.M.S. Arawa  on 9th October 1913 and arrived in New Zealand November 1913

Peter Munro Mackay

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter AWMM
  • Surname
    Mackay AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    30258 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Albert Street, Pahiatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Mackay (mother), Albert Street, Pahiatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 Mar 1940-30 June 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    30258 AWMM
  • Military service
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Donald and Mary Mackay, of Pahiatua. AWMM
    • Peter was the third child of Donald & Mary Mackay - 6 children were born in Scotland and 4 born in New Zealand. His Father Donald came out to New Zealand from Scotland and boarded at London on 29 October 1911 on the "Ruahine" Ticket No. 1572. He came out to work so he could get the rest of his family over here. His wife Mary and 6 children arrived in London to come to New Zealand but unfortunately before embarking on their trip Christina Kathleen aged 2 died October 9th 1913 at Royal Free Hospital St Pancras Camden, London, England. She died of Intussusception followed by Peritonitis - going by the newspaper reports this was also the day they were to board for their trip to New Zealand. Mary's sister Kathleen was to travel with the family but stayed behind to bury Christina. Peter went to Judgeford School very briefly when they arrived in New Zealand then the family moved to Paraparaumu and he then went to Paraparaumu Primary School. The family had moved to Kaponga by 1919 where the last of their children my father-in-law Francis Joseph Sattler Mackay was born.
      Peters father Donald was mainly a farm labourer/farmer and both him and his wife Mary lived in Pahiatua for many years. Prior to Peter going to war he worked for Mr F Lett of Cambridge Street, Pahiatua as a carpenters labourer. Public - Trish - Other Relative - 18 April 2015 - Donald's trip Archives New Zealand Microfilm T3374 Ref: SS1/516 Oct-Dec 23J 5374

      Mary's Trip(Copy of Shipping Records available from Archives New Zealand, Wellington, Ref SS1/ 519 - SS1/532, T5375
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About death

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  • Death
    6 September 1942 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM II.F.6A. AWMM
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  • My father is Angus MacKay, son of Hector MacKay . Peter is my father’s uncle.
    I was recently in Scotland and spent time in Bettyhill - the birthplace of my grandfather and some of his siblings.
    My father has tried unsuccessfully several times to visit Uncle Peters resting place in Egypt due to political unrest within the country.
    Being ANZAC day today - I wanted to acknowledge and give honour to Peter Munro MacKay service.
    Public - Alison - Other relative - 25 April 2020
  • His Name Will Live For Evermore In Our Servicemen`s Cemetery at Pahiatua Bryan James President Pahiatua R.S.A. 2015
    Public - BRYAN DAVID - Researcher - 2 June 2015



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02 June 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2020Alison CHRISTCHURCH New Zealand Other relative
02 June 2015BRYAN DAVIDPAHIATUAResearcher
18 April 2015TrishParaparaumu Beach, New ZealandOther Relative

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