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Donald McKay

In memory of:

Private Donald McKay

November 3, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

405671

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

20th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

December 20, 1890

Son of Alexander and Janet Mackay, of Strathy Point, Sutherlandshire, Scotland.

Commemorated on Page 127 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY
Nord, France

Grave Reference:

I. L. 3.

Location:

Maroc is a cemetery located in the village of Grenay which is about 15 kilometres south-east of Bethune. From Lens take the N43 towards Bethune. After Loos-en-Gohelle turn left (after the petrol station) and follow straight on. The MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY is a few kilometres on the right side of the road, in the village. The Cemetery was begun by French troops in August, 1915, but it was first used as a British Cemetery by the 47th (London) Division in January, 1916. During the greater part of the War it was a front-line cemetery, protected from enemy observation by a slight rise in the ground, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances. Plot II was begun in April, 1917, by the 46th (North Midland) Division. By the middle of October, 1918, Plot III, Row A and part of Row B, had been filled; and the remainder of Plot III and the ends of certain rows in Plot I contain the remains of soldiers buried on the battlefields, or in small cemeteries, North and East of Grenay, and brought in after the Armistice. The 8th Canadian Battalion erected a wooden memorial in the cemetery to their officers and men who fell in the Battle of Hill 70 (East of Loos) on the 15th August, 1917.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Photo of DONALD MCKAY– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Memorial– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Old Toronto City Hall– The Toronto Street Railway Memorial plaque is located inside the Old City Hall in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Toronto Street Railway War Memorial
  • Photo of Donald McKay– Served with the 35th Battalion CEF. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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