William Mcnair

First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Mcnair
Mother's Name: 
Jemima
Father's Name: 
John Mcnair
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, January 28, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
17th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, August 27, 1915
Place of Death: 
Suvla Bay
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Private William Mcnair (Service no. 294) was born in Queensland circa 1884. At the time of enlistment he was a single 31 year old labourer residing in Wollongong. He embarked on HMAT A 32 Themistocoles on 12th May, 1915 with 3 Platoon A coy 17th Battalion. He arrived in Egypt and was sent to Gallipoli on 16th August, 1915.

On 27th August, 1915 William was involved in fighting at Suvla. At about 6:30 pm he left his trench and charged the Turkish trenches when he was hit. Court of inquiry evidence states he was the platoon bomb thrower and is believed to have been killed instantly. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial. He is also remembered on the Wollongong Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.

 

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, MCNAIR W

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