Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Kevin Thomas McKay

In memory of
Private
Kevin Thomas McKay
May 13, 2010
Afghanistan

Military Service:

Age:
24
Force:
Army
Unit:
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Division:
1st Battalion
Citation(s):
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA), Sacrifice Medal (Posthumous)

Additional Information:

Born:
February 28, 1986 Richmond Hill, Ontario
Enlistment:
August 9, 2007 Barrie, Ontario

Son of Frederick Charles and Elizabeth Clare McKay of Barrie, Ontario. Brother of Riley James McKay.

Commemorated on Page 237 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
OTTAWA (BEECHWOOD) CEMETERY ; Ontario, Canada
Grave Reference:
N/A
Location:
OTTAWA (BEECHWOOD) CEMETERY contains 98 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 113 from the Second World War. Many of the graves are in the two veterans plots, where there is also a Cross of Sacrifice dedicated to all service casualties buried in the cemetery. The OTTAWA CREMATION MEMORIAL is in a shelter adjoining the newer of the veterans plots in the cemetery and commemorates 26 Second World War servicmen whose remains were cremated elsewhere in Canada and the U.S.A.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Kevin McKay – fishing in Ontario.
  • Group Photo – Kevin McKay and his younger brother Riley in Ontario.
  • War Memorial – Barrie, Ontario
  • Photo of Kevin McKay – Portrait of Private K.T. McKay, 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.  (Image credit: Department of National Defence.)
  • McKay Road – Street sign on McKay Road (formerly the 10th Line), Barrie, Ontario.  This road was named in memory of Private K. T. McKay.  A remembrance poppy is depicted on the right side of the sign.  (Image taken by Gregory J. Barker of Barrie, Ontario, in 2014.)
  • Kevin McKay Cup – The Kevin McKay Cup, on display in the Oro-Medonte Community Arena, Guthrie, near Barrie, Ontario.  It is awarded annually to the winning team in the Kevin McKay Memorial Tyke Tournament.  This trophy was named in memory of Private Kevin T. ("Mickey") McKay, who as a youngster played hockey in the Oro Minor Hockey Association.  (Image taken by Gregory J. Barker of Barrie, Ontario, in 2013.)
  • Inscription – Name plate on the Kevin McKay Cup.  (Image taken by Gregory J. Barker of Barrie, Ontario, in 2013.)  A written tribute, displayed with the Cup, reads in part:

". . . Kevin grew up in Horseshoe Valley where he attended W.R. Best Public School and Eastview Secondary School. Kevin was a goaltender with Oro Minor Hockey. He trained as a carpenter at Georgian College and helped to build many homes in this area.  Kevin . . . enlisted with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry at the age of twenty-one. Deployed to Afghanistan in the autumn of 2009, he was subsequently assigned, with his unit, to the village of Nakonay, Panjwaii District . . . Sadly, Kevin was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on his very last night patrol, just two days before the end of his tour of duty. He was buried with full military honours in the National Military Cemetery, Ottawa . . . "

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