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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


McKaige E C     Sgt    291    Eric Chester               7 Inf Bn    19    Clerk    Single    C of E       

Address:    Moonee Ponds, Lennox St, 65   

Next of Kin:    McKaige, R J, 65 Lennox St, Moonee Ponds   

Enlisted:    15 Aug 1914       

Embarked:     A20 Hororata 19 Oct 1914   

Prior service: 58 Inf Regt.


McKaige E C     Hon Cpl later Hon WO II    1969   Eric Chester   Aust Naval & Mil     24    Clerk   Single

Address:   Moonee Ponds, Browning St, 19

Next of King:   McKaige, Robert J M, father, 19 Browning St, Moonee Ponds

Enlisted:  12 April 1920

Embarked:   SS Mersina 16 Apr 1920 (Sydney)

Prior service:  CMF, AIF & AAPC


Relatives on Active Service:

Buller-R-L-Sub-Lt future brother-in-law




A very pleasant evening was spent at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. Marston, Shields street, Flemington, on Saturday evening last- the occasion being a send-off given by them in honour of their son-in-law Corporal Reg. Longden, who is leaving shortly with the Army Service Corps. Supper was served in the diningroom, the table being covered with an Australian flag presented to Mr. Marston by Corporal Longden. In a few well-chosen remarks Mr. D. Mehegan proposed Corporal Longden's health and presented him with a wristlet watch from Mr. and Mrs. Marston and the Longden family. Also an armlet from himself and Mrs. Mehegan; a wallet and several other useful presents from other friends. Amongst the guests were two soldier brothers-Lance-Corporal Harry Longden (returned from Egypt) and Corporporal Keith Longden, now in camp at Broadmeadows; also Sergeant McKaige, of the famous "7th" who was severely wounded at the Gallipoli landing and has since got his discharge. After spending a most enjoyable evening, the company dispersed about twelve o'clock, wishing the "guest" of- honour "God speed and a safe return."


WITH THE COLOURS. (1916, April 20). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved January 29, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74592710 


Local Casualty List

Sergeant, E. C. McKaige (wounded) is a son of Mr. R. J. McKaige, of Lennox street, Moonee Ponds. The family is in receipt of a cable message which states that the young soldier is not seriously injured.


Essendon Gazette 13 May 1915


Transferred to Civil Administration in Rabaul 9 May 1921. 


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall L-R

Moonee Ponds West State School

Patriotic Concert 1914

St James Anglican Church

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour Wounded

“Send off to the Essendon Boys”

Welcome Home 7 Nov 1918  

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