|Ancestors of Charles Thomas Walter McKinlay|
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
COROZAL AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERYHmmm, some very interesting details in that record. I knew that Charles Thomas Walter McKinlay's father, James, had died shortly after Charles birth. I hadn't realized that Johan Riddell (or Riddle as she signed it in the marriage register) had remarried. Looks like I might need to look for an F. B. Thomas and a possible marriage in New Zealand or even Australia for him to a Riddel/Riddle/McKinlay [added to my to-do list].
McKINLAY, Pte. Charles Thomas Walter, 63390. Wellington Regt., N.Z.E.F. Died at sea en route to New Zealand 22nd April, 1918. Age 30. Son of Mrs. F. B. Thomas (formerly McKinlay), of Cumberland St., Dunedin; husband of Isabella McKinlay, of 54, Murray St., Caversham, Dunedin. Sect C. Row 2. Grave 14.
I now also know that he married an Isabella. I need to keep focused so I add another to-do item and that is to search for marriages to an Isabella by Charles Thomas Walter McKinlay.
Yet this record states that he died at sea not Panama but he wasn't buried at sea. Curiouser and curiouser.
So I turned to an old friend of mine for assistance, Google. I typed in Charles' full name and asked Google to search for him in the hopes something of interest might pop up. And did it as can be seen below:
|Google search results for Charles Thomas Walter McKinlay|
But continuing with the Online Cenotaph page (keep focused!) I see all kinds of additional information about Charles and towards the bottom I see something I was least expecting. A list of the sources used to create the page:
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Military Personnel File
- FamNet: The Family History Network record page
|Screen capture of Archives New Zealand search results for Charles Thomas Walter McKinlay, 63390|
|Screen capture of Archive New Zealand military service file for Charles Thomas Walter McKinlay|
Much downloading and reading was then started. Page 2 of his file had the answer to the question of "Where did he really die?"
|New Zealand, "WW1 Army Service file for Charles Thomas Walter McKinlay, 63390," History Sheet; digital images, Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand, Archives New Zealand (http://archives.govt.nz/ : accessed 21 Jan 2018).|
"He died on board the H.S. [Hospital Ship] Marama during the passage through the Panama Canal at Pedro Miguel of Carcinoma Rectum 22 April 1918."and
"Died 11 am. 22.4.16 during passage through Canal. Buried at Balboa Cem by Chap. Read with full Mil Honours. The U.S. Army supplying firing party."So that question has been answered but what else can be found about him? That's for part 2!