Charles McKinley

First Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
McKinley
Mother's Name: 
Margaret Bowie, formerly McKinley, nee Ross
Father's Name: 
William McKinley
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, September 26, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
41st Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, October 5, 1917
Place of Death: 
Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Charles McKinley (Service No 2616) was born in Albion Park, N.S.W. around 1878.

Charles had moved to Queensland and was living at Gurrumbah when he enlisted in Cairns at the age of 40; he was single and worked as a miner.  Charles' mother, Mrs Peter Bowie who resided in Wollongong, N.S.W. was his nominated next-of-kin.

He embarked from Brisbane on HMAT A55 Kyarra with 5th Reinforcements, 41st Battalion on 17th November 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 30th January 1917 and after training in England and France, Charles joined 5 Platoon, B Company, 41st Battalion in the field on 12th July 1917.

On 5th October 1917 he was involved in the fighting at Passchendaele, Belgium when he was killed in action.  Charles' service records have no details about his death.

Charles is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium; Plot XLIV, Row B, Grave 27.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, MCKINLEY C

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