This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
Alexander Martin McKay
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: London
- Service no: 1194
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- 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
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 17 Arbroath Rd, Dundee
- Occupation: William Lawson & Sons, Ropemakers
Mrs Ormond, 17 Arbroath Rd, Dundee
Thomas Ormond, 17 Arbroath Rd, Dundee
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.
DUNDEE SOLDIER KILLED BY A SNIPER.
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
DUNDEE SOLDIER KILLED BY SNIPER.
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
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