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John Gordon McKENZIE

Regimental number151
Place of birthOrroroo, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressOrroroo, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 10.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, James McKenzie, Orroroo, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in the Light Horse, Orroroo, South Australia.
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Kennethina McKENZIE, Orroroo, South Australia. Native of Morchard, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. McKenzie, J.G. Erk.Mrk. 151, v. 32.Bn. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 1930414: 'The above name appears on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address subsequently Forest Avenue, Forestville, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKENZIE John Gordon
Red Cross file 1930414

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