Memorial: John Mackay

Corporal John Mackay, of  2nd Batallion Cameronians (Scotitish Rifles) was born in 1890 in Auchterarder, Perthshire, his father was an Agricultural Labourer.  He is commemorated on the Dalmeny Memorial. By 1911 John was living with his elder Brother in Dalmeny and was employed in the Dalmeny Oil Works as a Shale Miner.

The 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles were involved in the German retreat to the Hindenberg Line, March – April 1917, then the Battle of Pilckem on 31st July 1917. It would appear John was killed between the two Battles on 28th July, aged 28.

John is commemorated on Panel ref: 22, Menim Gate Memorial, Ypres, Begium and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War  and Victory Medals. He was also awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal – second only to the Victoria Cross) for conspicuous gallantry in action. 

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