John Mackay was born in Strathen Skerray son of George Mackay and Christina Mackay he was a brother of Thomas N Mackay who also appears on Skerray War Memorial.
He served for 5 years in the Royal Naval Reserve and then enlisted at Morphettville, South Australia on the 3rd September 1914 serving with the 12th Battalion AIF, he was 35years of age. On enlistment he listed his next of kin as his brother Tom (Thomas) Mackay this was changed on Thomas's death to his brother Hector (See Skerray Roll of Honour for World War 1).
The 12th Battalion was one of the first infantry units raised for the
AIF during the First World War. Half of the battalion was recruited in
Tasmania, the other half was recruited in South Australia, and Western Australia. With the 9th, 10th and 11th Battalions it formed
the 3rd Brigade of the Australian Imperial Force.
The battalion was raised within three weeks of
the outbreak of war in August 1914 and embarked two months
later. After a brief stop in Albany, Western Australia, the battalion
proceeded to Egypt, arriving in early December. The 3rd Brigade was part of the ANZAC landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915 and was the
first ashore at around 4:30 am. The battalion was heavily involved in establishing and
defending the front line of the ANZAC positions at ANZAC Cove.
Private John Mackay was listed as missing in action on the 25th of April1915 and his death as being killed in action was confirmed by a court of inquiry on 5th June 1916.
John Mackay was the brother of Thomas N Mackay who was killed in action serving with the Seaforth Hihlanders. He also had 3 other brothers Hector, George and Donald. He also had 2 sisters Janet and Annie
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
Mckay Private John 692 K.I.A 25/4/15 12th Battalion A.I.F Theatre of death unknown
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
Mckay Private John 692 K.I.A 25/4/15 12th Battalion A.I.F Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli Dardanelles Panel 35
Private John Mckay 692 ,
12th Battalion A.I.F has no known grave his name is engraved on the Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli Dardanelles Panel 352