McKAY, William Joseph
(Service number 32878)

First Rank Private Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 29 November 1887 Place of Birth Oamaru,New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 28 July 1916 Age 29
Address at Enlistment C/- Walter Blackie, East Taieri
Occupation Labourer (for J. Good, Hinds)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Margaret mcKay (Mother) Mosgiel, Otago
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Rifle Brigade

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
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Admitted to Timaru Hospital 14/10/1916

Post-war Occupations


Date 31 January 1917 Age 29
Place of Death Timaru Hospital
Cause Died of accident occuring or disease contracted  while training with or attached to NZEF in New Zealand. Army records states "C.S.M."
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Row 23 Plot 435.
New Zealand Memorials 2015 additions to the Tiimaru Memorial Wall; Featherston Cemetery Memorial

Biographical Notes

Son of Margaret McKay.


Paul McNicholl's list of additional names for the Tiimaru Memorial Wall (August 2013); Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database (Nov 2013); War Census CD (Nov 2013); CWGC (Nov 2013); NZ War Graves (Nov 2013); Archways (May 2014); Cannot find birth entry on NZBDM (May 2014)

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Janette Clarke, SC branch NZSG

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