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William Allan McKENZIE

Regimental number1821
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationButcher
Addressc/o W Bingham, Cove Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation45
Height5' 7"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinCousin, Mrs I Bingham, Cove Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of varicocele; operation since performed)
Enlistment date27 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 28 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 June 1916
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Andrew Richardson
Discharge date5 September 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join unit at Gallipoli, 11 Septmber 1915; taken on strength, 17th Bn, Gallipoli, 17 September 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Charged, 30 January 1916, with (1) absence without leave from 10 pm, 28 January, to 1200, 29 January 1916; (2) drunkenness: reprimanded.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 2nd Pioneer Bn, 16 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 May 1916 (cardiac irregularity); transferred to 8th Casualty Clearing Station, 10 May 1916; to Ambulance Train No 18, 13 May 1916, and admitted same day to 26th General Hospital, Etaples; transferred to England, 23 May 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth,

commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 24 June 1916; discharged (medically unfit), 5 September 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 August 1936
Place of burialRookwood Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKENZIE William Allan

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