McKAY, Hugh Walter
(Service number 85700)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 25 February 1886 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 15 May 1918 Age 32 years
Address at Enlistment 5 Ranfurly Street, Timaru
Occupation Engineer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Alice Ingles McKAY (wife), 5 Ranfurly Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 Feet 4¾ inches. Weight 167 lbs. Chest measurement 35-38½ inches. Complexion pale. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight - right eye 6/24 corrected to 6/9, left eye 6/36. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Free from herbia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health. Slight defect but not sufficient to cause rejection - weak vision. No fits. No notification for consumption. Never under treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Absence from work for 4 months 6 years ago on account of perforation following appendicitis. Operation scar appendicitis.

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Date 16 November 1953 Age 66 years
Place of Death 7 Ranfurly Street, Timaru (residence)
Notices Timaru Herald, 17 October 1953
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 46, Plot 387
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Hugh Walter McKAY, known as Walter, was the son of Scottish-born parents, Hugh and Jessie (née Adie) McKay, of Timaru. All his primary schooling was at Timaru Main, which he left in December 1898 for High School. Walter married Alice Ingles Walker on 2 October 1912 at the Timaru Trinity Presbyterian Church Manse. Their daughter Helen Lilian, who was born on 4 March 1914 at Timaru, died at the age of 21. Walter was a mechanic with the Timaru Post when he enlisted on 15 May 1918 after he had been drawn in the ballot. His brothers, Andrew and Donald, both served in World War One. Hugh Walter McKay was informant of his brother Andrew's death in 1946. .


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0074184) [20 June 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 June 2017]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [20 June 2017]; Marriage record (South Canterbury Museum sighting) [20 June 2017]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [20 June 2017]; Timaru Herald, 17 October 1953 (Timaru District Library) [21 June 2017]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [23 June 2017]

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