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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Private Hamish MacNabb, Australian War Memorial Collection.




MacNab H       Pte    518    Hamish                7 Inf Bn    19    Carpenter    Single    Pres       

Address:    Ascot Vale, Mirams St, 1   

Next of Kin:    Johnson, G, Mrs, 1 Mirams St, Ascot Vale   

Enlisted:    27 Aug 1914       

Embarked:     A20 Hororata 19 Oct 1914   

Prior service:  58 Inf Regt.


Date of Death:  Between 25/04/1915 and 30/04/1915

CWGC: "Son of Jean Johnstone McNab, of 33, Morphett Terrace, Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia, and the late John D. McNab. Native of Grangemouth, Scotland".



Private Hamish MacNab (missing) is the only son of Mrs. Johnstone, Charles street, Ascot Vale. He was in the 58th Essendon Rifles, and volunteered on his nineteenth birthday, early in last August. He came out from Scotland over four years ago, and previous to enlisting was attending the Central Business College.


CASUALTY LIST. (1915, June 24). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved November 30, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74589198


Mrs. Jean Johnstone, of "Braeside," 33 Morphett Terrace, Ascot Vale, is
seeking, information regarding, her son, Private Hamish MacNab, of

B  Company, 7th Battalion, who was at the Gallipoli landing. He was

reported missing, and later, in June, 1915, was listed as wounded. Since
then his mother has had no word of him.

NEWS OF SOLDIER DESIRED (1916, September 22). The Herald

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), p. 1.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242379952



The Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau wrote to Smith E C Pte 1124 in 1917 to enquire what he knew about MacNab, who had been missing since 1915 with no further information about him known.  No reply is included with the file.


McNab was mentioned in a letter from the father of Angus J S Pte 516 to the Defence Department, as having been reported wounded at Gallipoli, but nothing definite known.


War Service Commemorated   

Essendon Town Hall L-R  (MacNab)

Patriotic Concert 1914 [D]

“Send off to the Essendon Boys” [D]

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour Wounded

Ascot Vale Presbyterian Church *

Maribyrnong-Bagotville Hill Returned Soldiers' Memorial

UAOD Elliott Lodge  (McNabb)

Anzac Honoured Dead 25-30 Apr 1915

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour killed (McNabb)

Regimental Register



In Memoriam


PETTIGREW. — in loving memory of our dear
young friend, Private Trafford Pettigrew, killed in
the landing 25th April, and Private Amish M'Nab
reported missing.
To-day is the day so sad to recall.
To-day is the day of remembrance to all.
Our heroes.
— Inserted by Mrs. Drysdale* and family.

Family Notices (1917, April 25). The Age

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 1.



*Mrs Caroline Martha Drysdale was a laundress living in Union rd, Ascot Vale.  Trafford Pettigrew was apparently living with the family when he enlisted.  One of the Drysdale boys also enlisted, Drysdale-C-E-Pte-11114 , and another son, John James Drysdale, married Agnes MacNab, sister to Hamish, in 1919.

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