William Herbert Mackey

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 29, 1886

Born in Arnprior, Ontario to William James and Catherine (nee Walsh) Mackey


Mar 6, 1916

Signed an Officer’s Declaration upon being sworn into the 156th Battalion in Brockville, Ontario

Ø      Rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as John W. Mackey, brother, 96 Pine St., Brockville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Surveyor

Ø      Stated to currently be a member of the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles, of the Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

The battalion proceeded to Kingston, Ontario to carry out their training in the Barriefield Camp


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Witley


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the 109th Battalion, also in Witley


Dec 30, 1916

Attached to the 128th Battalion


Jan 9, 1917

Rejoined the 156th Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Attended the Lewis Machine Gun Course at Aldershot, and qualified 1st Class


Mar 7, 1917

Admitted to the Cherry Hinton Military Hospital, Cambridge with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jun 12, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion then posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Jun 16, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford


Sep 3, 1917

Admitted to the Stafford Military Hospital, St. Albion with a diagnosis that reads VDG


Feb 26, 1918

Transferred to the No. 13 Canadian General Hospital, Hastings


Mar 19, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion                                                        


May 14, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1918

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


May 22, 1918

Arrived at the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp), Aubin St. Vaast


Aug 12, 1918

Left the CCRC to join his battalion


Aug 13, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion’s Rear Details near Rosieres-en-Santerre, while the main body of the battalion was in the front lines near Fouquescourt


Aug 15, 1918

Lieutenant Mackey moved forward to join the battalion in the front line and was assigned to “D” Company


Aug 26, 1918

Just 11 days after joining the battalion at the front, Lieutenant Mackey received shrapnel wounds to his legs during the advance on the town of Guemappe on the Drocourt-Queant Line.  He was admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and given first aid. 

He was last seen by his comrades lying severely wounded beside a captured German dug-out.


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to the No. 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Aug 28, 1918

Transferred via the No. 5 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux and on admission was placed on the dangerously ill list


Oct 5, 1918

Lieutenant Mackey died of his wounds at the No. 8 Stationary Hospital and was buried in the Terlincthan British Cemetery, Wimille, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Ernest Stanley Mackey, 96 Pine St., Brockville, Ontario.

There was no Memorial Cross issued.


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