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Gunner Robert Mackay

Royal Garrison Artillery 281st Siege Battery
Service No: 145372

Robert Mackay grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Mrs Mackay of Annewood, Blairhill, Coatbridge. Roberts only brother was studying for his commission at the time of his death

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 2 Albany St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 17/08/1917

Enlisted

Coatbridge /03/1917

Employed

Clerk in the Summerlee Works

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

For much of the First World War, Vlamertinghe (now Vlamertinge) was just outside the normal range of German shell fire and the village was used both by artillery units and field ambulances. Burials were made in the original Military Cemetery until June 1917, when the New Military Cemetery was begun in anticipation of the Allied offensive launched on this part of the front in July. Although the cemetery continued in use until October 1918, most of the burials are from July to December 1917. The cemetery now contains 1,812 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

Additional Information

Robert was killed along with a comrade when an enemy shell exploded beside his gun. Several others were severely wounded. Robert is listed as McKAY on the Memorial. Also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College and Dunbeth Parish Churches Rolls of Honour (see photos) and in the St Augustines Parish (book) Roll of Honour

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  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  remembered at home  remembered at home

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