Corporal John McKinlay, of 8th Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), was born in 1896 in Edinburgh. By 1904 the family had moved to Queensferry and by 1911 they were living in Dalmeny, where John, aged 14, was an apprentice Blacksmith in Dalmeny Oil Works.
John entered the Theatre of War in France, landing at Boulogne on 19th May 1915, going into action in the Battle of Loos -25th September – 18th October 1915. This is where John was killed in action, on 27th September 1915, a month before his 19th birthday.
John is Commemorated on Panel Ref: 78 – 83 in Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
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