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Elliott Gordon MacKay

In memory of:

Private Elliott Gordon MacKay

February 23, 1951

South Korea

Military Service


Service Number:

B801000

Age:

17

Force:

Army

Unit:

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


Born:

April 23, 1933
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Son of Allan Lorne MacKay and Edna Irene MacKay of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Brother of David Allan, Ian Richards, Allan Harding and Esther Mary.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 44 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN)
South Korea

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

The United Nations Cemetery is located in Tanggok, a suburb of Busan. The land for the cemetery was granted to the United Nations by the Republic of Korea as a tribute to all those who had laid down their lives in combatting aggression and in upholding peace and freedom. There are 2,267 servicemen buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Of these 1,538 were Commonwealth soldiers, including 376 Canadians.

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  • Grave marker– Asia Campbell, born in Korea and daughter of Richard Campbell from Glace Bay NS recently got the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan to correct the grave marker for Private Elliott Gordon MacKay. It has listed his age at death as 18, whereas he was 17 when he was killed in action. Private MacKay was in a group of four soldiers killed in the first attack made by the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, and therefor may be the first Canadian killed in action in Korea. He certainly was the youngest, at age 17. He had served under the name of his cousin and both names are embossed on the grave marker. Asia learned of the error and went to work meeting with the UN Cemetery Custodian, and Canadian Ambassador Michael Danagher, and contacting Private MacKay's brother Allan, in Halifax, and the correction was made in March, 2020. Asia has, since 2016, been voluntarily visiting the graves of Canadian soldiers and others on holiday situations and other special occasions. She tends the graves when she is there, and also organizes commemoration days for other students. She should be awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross for her fine work.
  • Photo of Elliott MacKay
  • Memorial Plaque– Memorial plaques for Private Elliott Gordon MacKay, Corporal Douglas Harold Richard Maclean, Flight Sergeant Herbert Thomas MacDonell and Private Raymond MacDonald on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.
  • Memorial– A section of the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario. The memorial consists of a central section and 13 other sections containing memorial plaques for each of the 516 Canadian service men who died while serving with the Canadian Forces in the United Nations operations in Korea. It was erected by the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and was dedicated on July 27, 1997.
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Left Part
  • Inscription– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Centre Part
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Right Part
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker in United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, South Korea.

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