Alfred McKay, MM



Sep 12, 1896

On Attestation for WW1 he gave his birth location as Leeds, Yorkshire, England, while on Attestation for WW2 he gave his birth location as Edinburgh Scotland


Dec 21, 1915

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Springbrook Ontario 

Ø      Number 636095

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth McKay (mother) of 32 Oldham Rd, Manchester England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 30, 1916

Awarded 3 days detention for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) and forfeits 3 days pay


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join his unit


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay supplying fatigue parties and carrying out training.  He was assigned to “A” Company


May 17, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jun 1, 1917

Returned to duty with the 21st Battalion


Sep 17, 1917

Attached to the Town Major at Villers au Bois for duty


Dec 2, 1917

Returned to duty with the 21st Battalion


Dec 28, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 12, 1918

Declared to be AWL at 6.30 am


Jan 16, 1918

Reported for duty from being AWL


Feb 1, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days FP No 1 (Field Punishment) for overstaying his leave from January 12 until January 16.  He was also ordered to forfeit 5 days pay and allowances under a Royal Warrant


May 26, 1918

Treated for a slight wound at hospital and returned to duty


Aug 15, 1918

Exposed to poison gas and admitted to No 11 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to No 47 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


From the War Diary



Aug 16, 1918

Transferred via No 24 AT (Ambulance Train)


Aug 17, 1918

Admitted to No 3 Stationary Hospital at Doullens


Aug 20, 1918

Transferred to No 72 General Hospital at Trouville


Sep 5, 1918

Transferred to No 15 Convalescent Depot at Trouville


Sep 26, 1918

Discharged from hospital to Base Details


Sep 29, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from illness and wounds


Oct 2, 1918

Left No 2 CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Oct 13, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join his unit


Oct 16, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion which was in the Support Trenches at Iwuy


Dec 3, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 24, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion at Siegburg Germany where the Battalion had moved as part of the occupying force after the Armistice


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142


This was awarded for acts of bravery during the attack East of Marcelcave on August 8, 1918


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp 

Posted to “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada’


May 11, 1919

Declared to be AWL at 2359 hours (midnight) and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


May 14, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL at 0800 hrs


May 17, 1919

Admonished for being AWL from May 11 to May 14, and ordered to forfeit 3 days pay and allowances under Royal Warrant 

Posted to “N” Wing pending return to Canada


May 21, 1919

Embarked the SS Carmania at Liverpool



May 29, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 5, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 317752

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Springbrook Ontario


Feb 13, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at the Herchimer Ave Station Post Office, Belleville Ontario


Feb 6, 1940

Attested into the Canadian Army 

Number C5288


Jan 21, 1944

Discharged from the Army with the rank of Private 

Pte Alfred McKay died in March of 1973 in Trenton Ontario 

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