George Arthur Mackey

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 23, 1888

Born in Arnprior, Ontario to William and Catherine Mackey


Nov 2, 1917

Medical exam performed under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Brockville, Ontario and declared fit for service. 


Jan 11, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment), Kingston, Ontario under the MSA

Ø      Number 4021042

Ø      Next of kin given as Miss Florence Marian Mackey, sister, 96 Pine St., Brockville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Jan 22, 1918

Embarked the SS Scotian in St. John, New Brunswick as part of the 2nd Draft of the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR


Feb 6, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft proceeded to Seaford where they were absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion for additional training.


Feb 15, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 13, 1918

Left the CIBD to join his battalion


Aug 15, 1918

He joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details near Rosieres-en-Santerre as the Battalion was under a gas attack at Foquescourt.  He was part of a draft of 48 reinforcements


Aug 26, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the town of Guemappe, Private Mackey was killed just 11 days after joining the 21st Battalion.  He was first reported missing, but his body was later found and buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery.

This grave holds 2 soldiers of the battalion that were killed on the same day, the other being Private SE Betts, 3055072.  They both reported under the MSA in Kingston, Ontario at the same time, travelled to England together, and even joined the 21st Battalion the same day.  It is fitting that they are buried together.

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Miss Marian Mackey, 96 Pine St., Brockville, Ontario.

No Memorial Cross or Plaque was issued.


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