By Norman Cramp, Director of Darwin Military Museum.
His death notice appeared in the Northern Territory Times and Gazette (NTT&G) on 1st November 1917, along with those of Lieutenant Lloyd Herbert, the son of former NT Administrator Charles Edward Herbert, and Matthew Garr, one of four Filipino/Australian brothers who had enlisted. Interestingly, the NTT&G article reported Alex had enlisted ‘at Darwin’, while his Attestation to Enlist Paper records he enlisted at Adelaide, SA. Likewise, the newspaper reported Matthew Garr had also enlisted at Darwin, while his enlistment papers show he enlisted at Brisbane, although this is crossed through and a notation added stating Garr enlisted (or was sworn in) at sea aboard HMAT Demostheues, Ship A64. To confuse the situation further, there is an Application to Enlist in the AIF on Garr’s military service file that shows he passed the initial medical examination and took the oath in Darwin in 1915.
Alexander McKinnon, one of a small number of Aboriginal men from the NT to serve, was the only indigenous person from the NT to lose his live in the Great War.