Benjamin Sinclair McKAY

Regimental number6439
Other NamesMACKAY
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationProperty salesman
AddressDarlinghurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs G McKay, Upper Laffin, Dumbeath, Caithness, Scotland
Enlistment date30 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 July 1919

Military Medal

'For great gallantry in attending to wounded in the attack near ESTREES on 3rd October, 1918. When the objective of his company was consolidated, the machine gun fire remained very heavy and enemy artillery was maintaining a steady fire on the ground. Corporal MACKAY for over an hour worked in the open dressing wounded and dispatching them to the rear, quite regardless of personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal