McKINLAY, Robert
(Service number 24534)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 5 April 1870 Place of Birth Kirkcaldie, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Temuka
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs A. FREW (mother), Temuka, South Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 10 inches. Weight 182 lbs.

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 16th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 20 August 1916
Transport Navua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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

See Cenotaph record

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 May 1954 Age 84 years
Place of Death Whanganui
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Whanganui; ahses interred Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui
Memorial Reference Rose Garden B, Row 18
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Page McKinlay was the only child of Archibald McKinlay and Margaret née Page. In 1871, one year old Robert was at Pathhead, Fifeshire, Scotland with his mother and maternal grandparents. Margaret Page married Alexander Frew in 1876 in New Zealand. They had no children. Mr Frew was later the mayor of Temuka. Margaret died in 1923 at the Timaru Hospital. Robert was educated at Temuka School from 1883. R. McKinlay embarked from Liverpool on 16 November 1917 by the “Ruahine” and arrived back in New Zealand on 6 January 1918. He was discharged on 16 November 1917, no longer physically fit for War Service, in consequence of being overage. Robert married Helena May Northover (Lena) in 1922. Lena died in 1931, and Robert married secondly in 1952, to Alice Hopetoun Thompson.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 November 2019]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [09 November 2019]; Scotland Birth record ( [10 November 2019]; 1871 Scotland census ( [10 November 2019; Aramoho Cemetery records [09 November 2019]; Refer – Temuka Leader, 8 March 1923, 5 May 1925, Press, 9 March 1923, Timaru Herald, 8 January 1918 (Papers Past) [22 November 2013; 10 November 2019]

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