McKAY, Andrew
(Service number MB1851)

First Rank Motor Mechanic Last Rank Chief Motor Mechanic


Date 21 April 1890 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date 10 November 1916 Age 26 yrs
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Motor Mechanic 
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Hugo McKAY (father), Rathmore Street, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR)
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Miscellaneous, Royal Naval Auxiliary Patrol, Motor Boat Service
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With Hermione; Thalia; Crescent; Lord Lansdowne (Ebenezer) 1 December 1917; Thalia (Aberdeen); Hermione; Jactatus (ML494); Hermione
Last Unit Served With Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 25 June 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Hugo (Hugh?) McKAY, Timaru. Promoted to Chief Motor Mechanic 1 December 1917. Andrew (2nd Regiment) may have been one of 123 men who joined 500 men from the south already on the train and left from the Timaru Railway Station in mid-April 1915, en route for the Front. The Mayor wished them the best of good fortune and complimented them on the manly stand they were so freely taking in going to help to break the sway of one of the greatest despots who had ever lived. He wished them all a safe and speedy return, before the train steamed out of the station to the accompanimnet of cheering and good-bye messages. ..


Cenotaph Database [22 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 19 April 1915 (?) (Papers Past) [06 September 2014]

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