McKay // County Antrim
What is happening in the photo?
Soldier Frank Parry, who fought with the Royal Hampshire Regiment in the First World War. He died in September, 1916, at the age of twenty, in the battle of Flers – Courcelette, which was part of the Battle of the Somme. The battle marked the introduction of the use of tanks into warfare. Frank was son of Ada Pinkerton and Hugh Parry. The photograph was more than likely taken in England, though his mother was born in Antrim. From the McKay collection
Contributed by Kate Horgan
John Wallace McKay was from a Unitarian farm family in Ballymoney, County Antrim. He studied agriculture at Albert College in Dublin, before working for the Assam Company, India during the First World War. He then travelled India and East Africa as a tea prospector. On returning to Dublin he was instrumental in setting up the allotments along the city’s canals. John McKay’s wife Margaret Minnis also came from a Unitarian farm family, in Ballygowan, County Down. She taught for a time in school in the basement of the Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green, later the Damer Theatre. The school also catered for many of Dublin’s Jewish families. John and Margaret had three daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth and Alexandra in the early years of the 20th century. Elizabeth married Timothy O’Driscoll in 1941 (see O’Driscoll Album).