CorporalMACKEY, JOHN BERNARD

Service Number NX20317

Died 12/05/1945

Aged 25

A.I.F. 2/3 Pnr. Bn.
Australian Infantry

V C

Son of Stanley and Bridget Catherine Mackey, of Camberwell, Victoria, Australia.

Inscription

R.I.P.

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 10th November, 1945 - In an attack at Tarakan, Borneo, on 12th May, 1945 Corporal Mackey was in charge of a section of the 2nd/3rd Australian Pioneer Battalion. The section came under fire from three well sited enemy positions. Corporal Mackey charged the first of three machine gun positions that were holding up his platoon's advance and bayonetted one gunner and then killed the crew of a second gun with grenades. Changing his rifle for a sub-machine-gun he attacked the second machine-gun position. He was killed but not before he had killed two more of the enemy. By his exceptional bravery and complete disregard for his own life Corporal Mackey was largely responsible for the killing of seven Japanese and the elimination of two machine-gun posts, which enabled his platoon to gain its objective, from which the company continued to engage the enemy. His fearless action and outstanding courage were an inspiration to the whole battalion.

Buried at LABUAN WAR CEMETERY

Location: Malaysia
Number of casualties: 1791

Cemetery/memorial reference: 27. C. 9.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.
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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.