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Ivor Eric MacGillivray (1895–1915)

Big and broad in stature, but just blossoming into manhood, there was no one more popular with his fellow workman and friends than Ivor Eric MacGillivray, whose death, as the result of wounds received on the battlefield at Gallipolli Peninsula, was reported yesterday. He was a son of that well-known and highly respected veteran politician, Mr. I. MacGillivray, senior member for Port Adelaide, and, not only does the fact that he was their only son make the blow all the harder for Mr. and Mrs. MacGillivray, but he was also the youngest of the family. His genial disposition and kindheartedness won for him a host of friends who will deeply sympathise with the unfortunate parents in their sudden bereavement. In consequence of the strain on their health caused through anxiety during the past few weeks Mr. and Mrs. MacGillivray, and Miss Ivy MacGillivray, left for Sydney on a holiday visit by the express on Saturday afternoon, and it was while they were in Melbourne that they incidentally learned the sad news. As they had to wait sometime for the train which was to take them to Sydney, the three of them walked down Collins street to fill in the time. When abreast of the Eastern Extension Cable Company premises they saw posted up a fresh list of casualties, which, much to their dismay, contained the name of Sergeant I. E. MacGillivray, Port Adelaide. Having received no word as to him having been wounded, enquiries were made from the Minister of Defence (Senator Pearce), who confirmed the report. Their trip to Sydney was immediately cancelled, and they caught Monday afternoon's express back to Adelaide arriving at their home in Rosewater yesterday morning. Although heartbroken, Mr. and Mrs. MacGillivray and their family bore their trouble bravely, realising that it was the inevitable that had happened.

Young MacGillivray always took an interest in military work. He held the rank of sergeant in the Citizen Forces, and upon the declaration of war between Great Britain and Germany, he was one of the first South Australians to volunteer his services. He was then still in his teens, and it was when he was in training at Egypt last March that he attained his twentieth birthday. Before joining the colors Sergeant MacGillivray was apprenticed to the engineering trade with Messrs. Forwood, Down. & Co., Adelaide, and having served four and a half years of his time with that firm, he only had six months to go to complete it. So keen was he to acquaint himself thoroughly with engineering, that he attended the School of Mines for lessons at night time for three years. He stood 6 ft. in height, was 12 st. 10 lb. in weight, and was a fine specimen of Australian manhood., Besides being a member of the Port Adelaide branch of the Australian Society of Engineers, he was connected with the Port Adelaide Caledonian Society and the Druids Acorn Lodge.

Reference to his demise was made at Monday night's meeting of the Port Adelaide Working Men's Association, and it was resolved to send a letter of condolence to Mr and Mrs. MacGillivray. Mr. MacGillivray is the associations chairman, of trustees.

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'MacGillivray, Ivor Eric (1895–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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March, 1895
Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


26 April, 1915 (aged 20)

Cause of Death

war wounds

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