The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'C' Company, 10 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Colspie, Scotland
- Father's Name:
- Hugh McKay
- Mothers's Name:
- Sarah McKay
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row L, Grave 56, Age 35.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- 'D' Force Thailand V Battalion
- 1/8536 & 2276
- Cause of Death:
- Acute Enteritis
- Place of Death:
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 68, Brankassi
Bill McKay was selected from Selarang to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion. Please read further.
Photograph taken Jan 2018 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
As a POW at Selarang, Singapore McKay was selected with ‘A’ Force Thailand V Battalion to work on Burma-Thai Railway.
V Battalion departed Singapore Railway Station for a 4-5 day crowded journey to Bampong, Thailand.
V Battalion endured a very high casualty rate with many lives lost to tropical illnesses.
Tragically Bill McKay died of acute enteritis at Hindaine Camp aged 35 years.
Bill arrived from London on 16 July 1929 on ‘Balranald’ to Fremantle at the age of 18 years. His occupation was recorded as farm labourer.
In 1936 and 1937 Electoral Rolls he was recorded residing
Daveyhurst, Mt Magnet working as a prospector. Davyhurst was established about 1900 and has had several oiperating gold mines since then.
When he enlisted he was recorded residing at Ora Banda, Mr Magnet.
Bill was a close mate of Frank Halbert WX8250 also from the Goldfields. Halbert and McKay were with ‘C’ Coy, 10th Platoon. Halbert died of cholera on 4 June 1943 with ‘F’ Force at Shimo Sonnkurai, Thailand aged 35 years.
Leo Patrick (Paddy) Byrne was also in ‘C’ Coy , 10 Platoon with McKay.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand