Alexander Martin McKay

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: London
  • Service no: 1194
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 19
  • Date of Death: 18.06.1915
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 38

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 17 Arbroath Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation: William Lawson & Sons, Ropemakers
  • Mother:

    Mrs Ormond, 17 Arbroath Rd, Dundee

  • Father:

    Thomas Ormond, 17 Arbroath Rd, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Alexander Martin McKay

Alex has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial. Alexander’s real name was Alexander Martin Ormond, but he served as McKay.


Intimation has been received in Dundee of the death in action of Private Alex. M’Kay, 1st Gordon Highlanders.  Writing to Miss Mary Anderson, a friend of the deceased, Lance-Corporal W. Brown says :—“Alex was with the bomb-throwers, and was shot through the head by a sniper, death being instantaneous.”  Nineteen years of age, Private M’Kay was a member of the machine-gun section of the battalion, and was formerly employed with Messrs William Lawson & Sons, Ltd., rope and twine manufactures, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 19th July 1915

Alexander Martin Ormond   Gordon Highlanders


Mrs Ormond, who resides at 29 Arbroath Road, Dundee, has just received official intimation that her son, Alexander Martin Ormond, 1st Gordon Highlanders, died of wounds on 18th June.

Pte. Ormond, was attached to the Machine Gun Section of the battalion, and sustained his wounds at the hands of a German sniper.  He was 22 years of age, and was previously employed by Wm. Lawson & Sons, Ltd., rope and twine manufacturers, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 26th August 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell and Gary Thomson

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