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Pte. John "Jock" McCoy .     Australian Imperial Force 40th Infantry Btn.   from Claude Rd, Kentish

Jock McCoy served with the 40th Infantry Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Division of the Australian Imperial Force during WW1. He was born in Kentish and enlisted on the 16th May 1916 at Hobart, Tasmania. He embarked on the 8th August and arrived in England on the 30th September 1916. He moved to France on the 23rd Nov 1916. He was wounded 4 times, the last being on the 4th August 1918 from a gas attack. He returned to Australia and was discharged on the 13th September 1919.

Susan McCoy



Rflmn. J. E. McCracken .     British Army 15th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Belfast

(d.19th Mar 1916)

Rflmn. J E McCracken served with the 15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. He was executed for desertion on19th March 1916 aged 19 and is buried in Mailly-Maillet Communal Cemetery Extension, Mailly-Maillet, France.

s flynn



Rfm. Joseph McCracken .     British Army 14th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Belfast

(d.3rd Aug 1916)

S. Flynn



Rfm. James Morrison McCready .     British Army 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Saltcoats

(d.25th Aug 1918)

James McCready was my grandmother's brother who served with teh Royal Irish Rifles and died of his wounds. He is buried in Arneke cemetery, but don't know how or where he was wounded.

James McEwan



Sjt. W. D. McCready .     Army 2/8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Pte. Patrick McCreanor .     British Army 6th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Lurgan.

(d.23rd Oct 1915)

My Great Grand Father, Partick McCreanor died at sea after serving at the Gallipoli in teh 2nd offensive. He was in the 6th Bat R.I.F. I found his Medal Card, it states his Medals were returned. I would very much like to find a photo of Patrick McCreanor 8315. It is important to me and my children to find a photo, could anyone assist?

Brendan McCreanor



Pte T McCricket .     British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers (d.25th May 1918)

McCricket, T. Private, 66267, Killed on 25th May 1918.

Buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No 2, in grave II. C. 26.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.

Dave Willis



Pte. George McCririck .     British Army 12th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (Ayrshire Yeomanry)   from Troon

(d.27th Dec 1917)

George Mc Cririck served with the 12th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed in action on the 27th December 1917 aged 22 years. From the extract of the history of this unit it is likely that he was killed in action during the Defence of Jerusalem. He is buried in Jerusalem, Plot d28, Yerushalayam District, Israel. George was born in Old Cumnuck, Ayrshire on the 7th July 1895.

Nicola Gibson



Spr. Henry Louis McCrohon .     Australian Imperial Forces 1st Australian Tunnelling Coy.   from Barraba, NSW




Pte. Samuel McCrory .     British Army 10th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Belfast

(d.1st Jul 1916)

My great uncle Pte. Samuel McCrory served with the 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, part of the 36th Ulster Division and was killed on the 1st July 1916. Samuel McCrory, Army number 395 has no known grave but is recorded on the Thiepval Monument and he came from the Donegal Road area of South Belfast.




Pte. Bertie McCubbin .     British Army 17th Btn Sherwood Foresters (d.30th Jul 1916)

Bertie McCubbin served with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) 17th Battalion. HE died on Sunday 30th July 1916, ageD 22, and was buried in Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France in Plot 5. B. 16.. He was one of the 306 British Soldiers "shot at dawn" - found guilty of cowardice during a court martial and sentenced to death by firing squad. Bertie McCubbin was executed at dawn after disobeying orders to man a listening post in no-man's land. 'I cannot do so,' he told the officer. 'My nerves won't let me; if I go over I shall be a danger to the other man who is out there, as well as to myself.'

In June 2001, a National "Shot at Dawn" Memorial was unveiled at Alrewas, Staffordshire, which takes the form of 306 stakes driven into the ground which resemble the posts to which men were tied before being shot. Each stake bears a metal plaque bearing the deserter's name, age, rank and date of death.

s flynn



Mjr. James Thomas Byford "Mac" McCudden VC, DSO and Bar, MC and Bar, MM..     British Army 60th Sqd. Royal Air Force   from Kingston-on-Thames

(d.9th Jul 1918)

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden, VC, DSO and Bar, MC and Bar, MM

James McCudden was born on 28th March 1895, the son of the late Sergeant-Major William McCudden, and Amelia E. McCudden, of Pitlochry, 37 Burton Road, Kingston-on-Thames. He was aged 23 when he died of a fractured skull in Auxi-le-Château following a crash, and he is buried in the Wavans British Cemetery in Calais. His brothers William T. J. and John Anthony McCudden also died as fighter pilots during the war.

An extract from The London Gazette No. 30604, dated 29th March 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, exceptional perseverance, keenness and very high devotion to duty. Captain McCudden has at the present time accounted for 54 enemy aeroplanes. Of these 42 have been definitely destroyed, 19 of them on our side of the lines. Only 12 out of the 54 have been driven out of control. On two occasions he has totally destroyed four two-seater enemy aeroplanes on the same day, and on the last occasion all four machines were destroyed in the space of 1 hour and 30 minutes. While in his present squadron he has participated in 78 offensive patrols, and in nearly every case has been the leader. On at least 30 other occasions, whilst with the same squadron, he has crossed the lines alone, either in pursuit or in quest of enemy aeroplanes. The following incidents are examples of the work he has done recently:- On the 23rd December 1917, when leading his patrol, eight enemy aeroplanes were attacked between 2.30 p.m. and 3.50 p.m. Of these, two were shot down by Captain McCudden in our lines. On the morning of the same day he left the ground at 10.50 and encountered four enemy aeroplanes; of these he shot two down. On the 30th January 1918, he, single-handed, attacked five enemy scouts, as a result of which two were destroyed. On this occasion he only returned home when the enemy scouts had been driven far east: his Lewis gun ammunition was all finished and the belt of his Vickers gun had broken. As a patrol leader he has at all times shown the utmost gallantry and skill, not only in the manner in which he has attacked and destroyed the enemy, but in the way he has during several aerial flights protected the newer members of his flight, thus keeping down their casualties to a minimum. This officer is considered, by the record which he has made, by his fearlessness, and by the great service which he has rendered to his country, deserving of the very highest honour."

James McCudden was also awarded the Croix de Guerre on January 21st 1916.

S Flynn



Dvr. Charles McCue .     British Army 2nd Reserve H.T. Coy Army Service Corps   from Blakerstone, Grantshouse

(d.5th June 1915)

While compiling my family tree, I found Charles MccCue by sheer luck and discovered he was my father`s uncle.

I know he enlisted at Berwick in 1915 and died at home in 1915, but can find no death certificate to discover the reason why. I have found his birth and marriage certificates but have tried all resources without success for his death certificate. I find it tragic that he enlisted and died within months of each other and would really like to find out why.

Cathy McCue



Sgt. James Orrison McCullam .     US Army 105 Field Signal Battalion   from Phillips, Nebraska

This is my father's story

I had a long & varied military career. I enlisted in Danville, Ill. 14Sept 1907. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri for training; then to Troop C First US Cavalry at Fort Clark, Texas. Then sent to San Francisco, CA, Manilla, Philipine Islands via Honolulu & Guam; then Nagasaki, Japan after which arrived back in US in 14 Jan 1910 & was discharged. I reenlisted with 3rd Cavalry at Fort Apache, Arizona, sailed to & stationed at the Batangas,PI till 31 Dec 1911. Then sent to & stationed at Jolo Jolo,PI throughout hostile action of Moros at Siet Lake & Tin Can Camp & Mt. Bagsak during 1912 & 1913. Left Jolo Jolo and was transferred twice-station Camp Stotsenberg, July 1913, Nagasaki, Japan, August, 1913…back to United States & was discharged in September 1913. I then enlisted in Navy at Galveston, Texas, 25 September 1913 trained in Virginia & assigned to USS Delaware; made European & West Indian cruise, then Back to U.S. to finish my Enlistment. I was discharged from Navy in Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York.

I re-enlisted in the Army for the duration of the Great War and was sent to Camp Jackson, South Carolina and assigned to 313 Field Signal Battalion. Then I was sent overseas to England, via British Transport H.M.S. Kyber. We landed in Liverpool, then by train to Southampton where we boarded the H.M.S. Austerland to LaHarve, France. That was the first night I experienced air raids. After training I was transferred to the 105th Field Signal Battalion, 30th Division and sent to the Somme Front with the 4th British Army. We went through the Hindenburg Line at Bellicourt. Armistice found us at the Front.

We then went to the American Embarkation area, we then left France from St. Nazaire heading for Charleston, South Carolina, USA. I was then sent to Camp Grant, Illinois for my discharge. (I did re-enlist again in the Navy and stayed on active duty until I retired after 30 years in the Military Service.) By: James Orrison McCullam

Elizabeth Hicken



Sjt. G. McCullen .     Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Rfmn. Joseph Craig McCullough .     British Army 9th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from West Belfast

(d.1st Jul 1916)

Joseph Craig McCullough, Rifleman 15241, served with the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles and was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. Fought to the death with the other brave men from West Belfast Lest We Forget.....

Terry McCullough



Pte. T. McCurry .     British Army 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)




L/Cpl Thomas McDermott .     10th/11th Bn Highland Light Infantry (d.29th March 1917)

I am researching my grandfather L/Cpl Thomas McDermott. He was a member of the 10th/11th Bn Highland Light Infantry killed at Arras on 29th March 1917. His name is inscribed on the Arras Memorial. His parents were Thomas and Mary Ann McDermott and his wife was Jane Malone McDermott. If anyone has any information I would be glad to hear from them.

John Keely



L/Cpl Thomas McDermott .     Army 10th/11th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (d.29th March 1917)

I am researching my grandfather, L/Cpl Thomas McDermott. He was a member of the 10th/11th Bn Highland Light Infantry and was killed at Arras on 29th March 1917; his name is inscribed on the Arras Memorial. His parents were Thomas and Mary Ann McDermott and his wife Jane Malone McDermott.

If anyone has any information I would be glad to hear from them.

John Keely



Lieutenant Corporal Thomas McDermott .     10th/11th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (d.29th March 1917)

I am researching about my grandfather Lieutenant-Corporal Thomas McDermott.He was a member of the 10th and 11th Highland Light Infantry Battalion and was killed in Arras on 29th March 1917.His name is inscribed on the Arras memorial.My grandfathers parents were Thomas and Mary Anne McDermott and his wife Jane Malone McDermott. If anyone has any information I would be glad to hear from them.

John Keely



Pte. Alexander McDonald .     Australian Imperial Forces A Coy. 33rd Btn.   from Cowper Street, Tenterfield, New South Wales

(d.7th Jun 1917)

Alexander McDonald was born in Coonabarabran NSW, he enlisted aged 26 and had been working as a labourer. He was married and lived in Cowper Street, Tenterfield. He was killed during the Battle of Messines and is listed amongst the missing, having been buried near St Yves on the 18th of June, his grave subsequently being lost.




C. A. McDonald .     British Army 12th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery (d.7th Nov 1918)

Jonas



RfM. C. A. McDonald .     British Army 12th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery (d.7th Nov 1918)

Rifleman Horace Pankhurst 1/8th Batt Leeds Rifles, died of wounds at Leipzig Redought on 16th July 1916. That's where the battalion was at this time, HQ was Johnsons Post at Theipval on the Somme, held in reserve but was brought up to the line in support.

Jonas Vellemans



Pte. D. F. McDonald .     Australian Imperial Force. 3rd Salvage Coy.




Pte. Edward McDonald .     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots (d.12th May 1915)

Edward McDonald was lost in fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, he is remembered in Ypres at the Menin Gate.

Vin Mullen



Sgt. James Francis McDonald .     British Army 19th Btn. Machine Gun Corps   from Burnley, Lancashire

(d.9th Sep 1919)

James McDonald served with the 19th Battalion Machine Gun Corps during WW1 and was killed in action on the 9th September 1919. He is commemorated on Special Memorial B19 in Murmansk New British Cemetery in Russia. He is buried in Syvatnavolok Chyd. He lived at 11 Forest Street, Burnley, Lancashire

S Flynn



L/Cpl John Christopher McDonald .     British Army Labour Corps   from Jarrow

(d.24th Feb 1919)

John Christopher McDonald served with the Gordon Highlanders then transferred to the Labour Corps. He was the son of Henry and Mary Bridget McDonald of Jarrow and was born in Jarrow in 1889. On the 1911 censusm John Christopher McDonald age 22 Rivetters Heater in Shipyard is listed as living with his parents Henry and Mary Bridget McDonald at 38 Union Street, Jarrow.

John is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (brass plaque on west face) Jarrow and on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen



Pte. John McDonald .     British Army 7th Battalion Border Regiment   from Jarrow

(d.23rd April 1917)

John McDonald served with the 7th Battalion Border Regiment. He was aged 22 when he died on 23rd April 1917. He was born and lived Jarrow, son of Mary McDonald. On the 1911 census, John McDonald age 17 Rivet Heater in Shipyard is listed as living with his mother Mary McDonald and family at 57 Monkton Road, Jarrow .

John is remembered on the Arras Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen



Tpr. John Richard McDonald .     Australian Army AIF 3rd Btn Imperial Camel Corps   from New South Wales, Austalia

(d.7th Nov 1917)

Trooper John Richard McDonald served with the 3rd Battalion Imperial Camel Corps during WW1 and was killed in action on the 7th November 1917 age 20. He is buried in Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel. He was the son of Arthur Alexander and Mary Ann Sara McDonald, of Cuan, Bunnan, New South Wales. Native of Scone, New South Wales.

S Flynn



Rflmn. John McDonald .     British Army 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade   from Limehouse, London

(d.21st April 1917)

My great uncle John McDonald was my grandfather Dan's elder brother. He was born in 1891 and enlisted in the regular Army in 1911. He went to Kuldana then in India (now Pakistan) with the battalion and returned in 1914 when the battalion was sent to France.

He was killed in action in 1917 on the 21st April. He is buried at Gouzeaucourt War Graves Cemetery. He was 26 and unmarried when he died.

Dan McDonald




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