Father & Son Groups - CMG & KIA RCAF
WWI Group to Private Charles McMay, CMG: British War and Victory Medal (174648 PTE. C. MCKAY. C.M.G. BDE.). Naming is officially impressed on both. Original ribbons, crisp detail, dark patinas, very fine. Also includes "Services Rendered" War Badge (numbered "40941"); CANADA Shoulder Tab; three PRO PATRIA Shoulder Tabs; 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion Cap Badge (missing lugs); two General Service Collar Dogs; a bronze homemade Identification Tag (copper, engraved "CHAS. McKAY 174648 15 CMC Co. CANADIANS", with leather wrist strap); Durham Light Infantry Cap Badge; Norfolk Yeomanry Cap Badge; Army and Navy Veterans Badge; Great War Veteran Badge; two Navy League Badges; one Sweetheart Ring (bronze, marked "D" on centrepiece); Souvenir of Mont St. Michel Charm (bronze); Sacred Heart Commemorative Medal (aluminum); one pocket watch (French-made, marked "GENEVE Cylindre 6 Rubis" and numbered "6196", engraved but undeciperable); wrist watch (maker marked IDEAL, marked "SILVEROID A.W.C. Co." and numbered "1061763", no band); and three photographs. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Casualty Form and Discharge Certificate. WWII Group to Sergeant Pilot Officer Robert James McKay, RCAF: 1939-1945 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; and Canadian Memorial Cross, George VI (P.O. R.J. McKAY J86595). Naming is officially engraved on the Cross. Original ribbons, very crisp detail, better than very fine. Also includes RCAF Sweetheart pin (silver and enamels, stamped STERLING); Boy Scouts Badge (intact lugs and pin); RCAF issued photograph in uniform; original death notice from the Hamilton Spectator with enlarged photograph of same; and forty-five photographs. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Training Reports, Service Records, Recommendation Letters, Notification of Missing Status Letters, Investigation Report and Death Certificate. As a group, in very fine condition. Footnote: Charles McKay was born April 15, 1895 in Ottawa, Ontario. He signed his CEF Attestation Paper at the age of 20 on September 10, 1915 in Hamilton, Ontario and stated his trade as Printer. He embarked Halifax on May 19, 1916 and arrived in Liverpool on May 30. He eventually made his way to the French theatre on February 8, 1917 as a member of the Canadian Machine Gun pool. The following day, he was transferred to the 15th C.M.G. Company, eventually to be absorbed into the 3rd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps by early 1918 and continued to see service in France until the end of the war. He spent a brief period hospitalized while in England in early 1919, then returned to Canada and was discharged upon demobilzation on May 27, 1919. Robert James McKay was born on August 29, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario. He signed his RCAF Attestation Paper on June 13, 1940 at the No. 1 Manning Depot in Toronto, Ontario and stated that he was single and his occupation as Junior Clerk. He scored well on his tests with the RCAF and saw training at multiple locations in Canada, before leaving for overseas service on March 8, 1943. He disembarked in England on March 17. On the night of February 19/20, 1944, his Halifax Mark III H.X.-230 aircraft took off from England, to carry out bombing operations in Germany. McKay was declared missing and presumed dead from 443 Squadron when the aircraft did not return to base. The aircraft crashed two kilometres northwest of Markendorf, Germany after being shot down by night fighters. One member of the crew had previously bailed out and fell to his death. The Luftwaffe recovered the remains of six of the crew that perished in the crash and brought them to Markendorf, where they were buried in a collective grave. The six crew members were re-interred in 1948 in the Berlin Heerstrasse British Military Cemetery. McKay had made seven operational trips, totalling 47.3 hours, with his mother receiving the Memorial Cross.