White cross for William McKinlay (1893-1918)

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White cross for William McKinlay (1893-1918).


William McKinlay farmed his father's 'Racecourse Farm' at Greerton in Tauranga. He served during World War I, receiving serious injuries to both legs and his left shoulder during the Battle of Passchendaele on 4 October 1917. He returning to New Zealand on on 31 January 1918 to recuperate. William died on 11 November 1918 (Armistice Day), a victim of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. In 2014 Tauranga's 'Field of Remembrance' was created comprising 107 white crosses in memory of the men from the Tauranga area who died during World War I (1914-1918). Each cross carries a red poppy and the name of an individual who died. Text and photograph © Debbie McCauley (2014).

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White cross for William McKinlay (1893-1918)

First Names:William
Last Name:McKinlay
Date of Birth:27 August 1893
Place of Birth:Scotland
City:Tauranga, New Zealand