Skip to content Skip to footer
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

McKay, Tom Douglas (298)

Place of Birth: Rosebery, VIC

Age: 19 years 4 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 18 August 1914 – Sydney, NSW

Service Number: 298            view online service record

36 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mrs E McKay (mother)
36 Clark Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 20 October 1914
Ship: HMAT Euripides A14
Port: Sydney, NSW
Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion

KIA: Saturday, 1 May 1915
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula

Brother: Reginald Jack McKay (2423)

Private, 21 Infantry, killed in action 1 May, 1915, France, aged 20, commemorated Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

Parents: Thomas Fraser and Mrs Elizabeth MCKAY, born Roseberg, NW Victoria, educated Graham Street SS. A 19-year-old typewriter mechanic, he enlisted from Sydney where he is noted as captain on the Newtown Football Club, parents at 36 Clark Street, circular returned from there. Commemorated on the Honour Roll at the Bridge Street Presbyterian Church.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

T D McKay was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 17, 2017 6.24 pm 0Likes

    Three eyewitnesses suggested he had been shot through the head and buried; another had him dying at sea while being invalided back to Egypt with severe rheumatism.

    “On 26th April, 1915, “D” Coy. was attacking up a hill about half-a-mile from the shore. Informant was close to McKay, who was shot in the right shoulder. Informant knows nothing more” (O’Brien, Pte. H. E. 569, 4th Battn., “D” Coy)

    “Informant heard that McKay was injured during the landing at Anzac on the 25th April, sent away, returned and suffered severely from rheumatism and for the second time was sent away sick and died on the hospital ship somewhere between Malta and England” (Sgt Ross, No. 1035)

Leave a comment

PMHPS acknowledges the generous support of the City of Port Phillip.


The content of this site (images and text) must not be reproduced in any form without the prior consent of PMHPS or the copyright holder.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.