Monday 13 December 2010

Lance-Corporal Gordon William McKay

Born on 1 January 1896 in Egmondville, Ontario - son of Mrs. Alex McKay, Seaforth, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Seaforth, Ontario; trade as miller; single; no current military service; previously attended the military camp in Goderich of the 33rd Regiment; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; bluish-grey eyes; black hair.

Joined the 161st Battalion, CEF, in Seaforth, Ontario, on 11 December 1915 (number 654070) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 29 December 1916 - invalided sick to England on 21 March 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 July 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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