MACKAY, Peter Lewis

Rank: 
Captain
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Born: 
Saturday, June 7, 1919
Died : 
Saturday, May 5, 1951
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
31
Captain Peter Mackay died in Malaya. He was awarded the M.C.,[1] for gallant and distinguished service during an action in which he was shot in the head at Perak Malaya on the 1st May 1951[2]. He died 4 days later [3]. He was leading a charge by his patrol of 11 men against bandit forces firing from a ridge above them [2].
 
The Brigade Commander on the citation report page 1 records that Captain Mackay, separate to this latest action, had "been recommended for the M.C. in the last periodic list."[2]. He did receive a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in operations in Malaya which was published in London Gazettes on the 27th April 1951 [4].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 39300, page 4111.
[2] National Archives file WO 373/130/18.
[3] AFM ROH.
[4] London Gazettes Supp. 39215, page 2389.
 

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