Tuesday 14 December 2010

Private Walter McKay

Born on 28 January 1895 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan - next of kin listed as William McKay, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student single; no current military service; previously served with the University of Manitoba COTC; Church of England; height of 5 feet 5.4 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 6 April 1915 (number 411110) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - seconded to the Royal Flying Corps from 30 September 1918 to 17 January 1919 - commissioned as a Lieutenant at some point.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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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