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John McKENZIE

Regimental number2170
Place of birthPerthshire Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o GPO, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinJ A Campbell, 14 Rosyth Village, Naval Base, Scotland
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 12 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Pioneer Sergeant McKENZIE was mainly instrumental in organising the Battalion Pioneers as Stretcher Bearing parties during the attack on HINDENBURG LINE South of REINCOURT on 11th, April 1917. His example of courage, determination and devotion to duty was an inspiration to his men. The fact that the enemy were firing on the Stretcher Bearers was not allowed to deter them in their work, but served to spur to further efforts. The ability to seize and handle a situation under the most adverse conditions merits this very capable and courageous Non Commissioned Officer every recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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