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Kenneth Donald McKay

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Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    McKay AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 179316 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 January 1914 AWMM WaipuNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Waipu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr D.R. McKay (father), PO Box 28, Waipu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 179316 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Kenneth McKay was the son of Donald Roderick and Betsy Dalina McKay, of Waipu, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mothers middle name is 'DOLINA'
      Kenneth's birth date 16 January 1914 Public - Ray - Other Relative - 7 May 2015 - Betsy's marriage DIA Ref: 1903/5385
      Kenneth's DOB DIA Ref: 1914/10155
    • Kenneth McKay was a farmer at Waipu.
      Enlisted at Whangarei 28 Aug 1940
      Previous military service: Territorials 2 years, still serving
      Entered Kensington Camp 1 May 1942
      Entered Papakura Camp March 1943
      Embarked 14 May 1943 on Dominion Monarch
      Disembarked Egypt 11 June 1943
      Posted to 24 Bn 8 July 1943
      Embarked at Alexandria for Italy 5 Oct 1943
      Reported wounded and missing 7 Dec 1943
      Grave found Sept 1944 - declared to have died of wounds

      On 7 Dec 1943, 24 Bn took part in a daylight assault on the heavily defended town of Osogna.
      From The Pride of the Lion (p. 66): "Ken McKay and Alex McKenzie both died of wounds on the same day in December in Italy. They had together been attempting to rescue a fellow Kiwi, from Aria, who had been injured by a landmine." The McKenzies (Applecross Rd) were neighbours of the McKays (near corner of Mountfield and Applecross roads) at Waipu. Public - Warren - Other relative - 10 November 2018 - Military personnel records; Pride of the Lion
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    7 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy AWMM IX. E. 1. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • To my great uncle Kenneth My fathers namesake. This year we remember you with honour. Your great great niece who is now 7 is learning about you for school. We will remember you and all you have for our freedom x
    Public - Beth - Direct descendant - 6 May 2017

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 83 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
10 November 2018WarrenNorthland, NZOther relative
06 May 2017Beth Auckland New ZealandDirect descendant
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