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William Kellock McKay fonds

Copied 1968 (originally created 1914-1920)

Physical Description:
3 cm of textual records. -- 58 photographs

William Kellock McKay, ?-[ca. 1927], emigrated from England, and in 1914 enlisted in the Royal North-West Mounted Police (RNWMP) at Regina, Saskatchewan as a constable for three years. Later in 1914 he transferred to the Yukon, B Division at Whitehorse. He soon decided to join the British army in order to fight in the First World War but was unable to obtain his release from the force. In February 1916 he deserted to Alaska, sailed from New York for Liverpool, and enlisted in the 1st King Edward's Horse stationed in Ireland. After his discharge the British Army sent him to university to take a medical degree. Upon graduating he was employed as a medical officer for an oil company in Iran where he later died during an influenza epidemic.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of photographs of RNWMP depot at Regina, RNWMP depot and personnel at Whitehorse, and William in military service in Ireland. The fonds also consists of his diary while stationed at Whitehorse and Lower Laberge, Yukon (1915), letters to his parents about his desertion, his pardon for deserting, and his brief reminiscences of his activities as a member of the RNWMP.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Originals held by Mr. and Mrs. S.M. McKay.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-753, NA-1663

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