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John Shaw MACKAY

Date of birth--/03/1890
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressEast Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs E A Mackay, 'Ormiston', Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert, Victoria
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 4 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps


Unit: MED
Promotion date: 20 May 1916

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of bearer division. He attended to many casualties which occurred amongst the personnel of batteries and working parties, carrrying out his duties in the open with utter disregard of danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 18th September 1918, south of Le Verguier. He moved forward with his bearers closely in rear of advancing battalion and under heavy machine gun and shell fire, and by absolute disregard of his own personal safety was able to keep in close contact with brigade regimental medical officers. By this action the wounded were evacuated in the quickest possible manner, all congestion at regimental aid posts was prevented, and undoubtedly many lives were saved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 554 Driver Kenneth Scott MACKAY, 5th Bn, died of wounds, 29 August 1915.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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