Daniel Robertson Mckay

Apr 22, 1870

Born in Pictou, Nova Scotia to


Apr 28, 1897

Married to Christine Dunbar in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA


Mar 25, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario


Ø  Number 59726 (temporary number 1326)

Ø  Next of kin given as RH McKay, brother, Westville, Nova Scotia

o   There is a note to also notify Mrs. Christina McKay, wife, Brewster, Massachusetts, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Tailor

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Daniel McKay lied about his age, stating he had been born in 1880 rather than his actual birth year of 1870

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s capture of the strongly defended sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private McKay received a shrapnel wound to his left hip and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Frensham Hill Military Hospital in Farnham

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 14, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Feb 9, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre


Feb 12, 1917

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) for light duties


Mar 6, 1917

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Labour Battalion


Mar 13, 1917

Transferred to the 1st Quebec Regimental Depot in Shoreham


May 19, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jun 9, 1917

Admitted to the Halifax Military Convalescent Home


Jun 15, 1917

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Jun 23, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and posted to the No. 6 Special Service Company in Halifax


Dec 6, 1917

It is noted that some documents from the service file were destroyed in a fire on this date as a result of the Halifax Explosion


Mar 6, 1918

Medical report at Halifax notes

Ø  Man suffers from Varicose Veins, Haemorrhoids and is overage

Ø  Complains of pain in legs and groin when walking or on exertion

Ø  The Haemorrhoids become extremely painful on lifting

Ø  Discharge from the service is recommended due to age and conditions noted


Apr 8, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 8567

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge c/o RH McKay, MP, brother, Maple Ave., New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

Ø  Entitled to 1 Gold Stripe

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medals were sent to him at RR #1 Riverton, Pictou County, Nova Scotia


Jan 14, 1956

Daniel Robertson died while a patient in the St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia of a Cerebral Thrombosis.  His remains were later cremated.

From the Vancouver Province, January 16, 1956

Courtesy of Jim Busby


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