Hugh MacKenzie, MM



May 8, 1885

Born at Inverness Scotland


Aug 19, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at West Sandling Camp, England 

Ø      Number 60115

o       Note that this is the last of the allotted numbers for the 21st Battalion.  It is also noteworthy that the majority of the Battalion are numbered alphabetically, but Pte MacKenzie joined after the numbers had been issued, hence he was assigned the last number, being the last man to attest directly into the Battalion

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Annie MacKenzie (mother) of Asylum Lodge, Inverness Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Plasterer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to No 4 Company

o       As a Piper, he was eventually assigned to the Pipe Band and utilized as a stretcher bearer at the front


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Jan 7, 1917

Granted 10 days leave

Jan 18, 1917

At duty from leave


Jan 28, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge 

This is normally awarded on the second anniversary of service.  There is nothing in the file to indicate that Pte Mackenzie enlisted prior to August 19, 1915.  It would seem this was awarded early for some reason


Nov 2, 1917           Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364


Citation reads

August 15th - 18th 1917.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  This man was one of a carrying party to the front line on the night of the 17th, 18th August 1917.  This party becoming dispersed by an enemy barrage, he collected as many as possible of the men and delivered bombs and rations to their destinations.  On the return journey, he together with another man, brought out a wounded comrade, with great difficulty.   This mans was badly wounded, and it was only the timely arrival at the dressing station that saved his life.  Pte McKenzie showed splendid courage and initiative and severe shell fire

AFW 3121    28-8-17

 Above is from the book Pipers of War, page 61


Dec 19, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 6, 1918

At duty from leave


Jan 12, 1918

Presented with his Military Medal by Lieut General Sir Arthur Currie, KCB, KCMG, at Westrehem France while on parade.


Nov 30, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 24, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre and disembarked in England, proceeding to the Witley Camp.


TOS (Taken On Strength) “P” Wing for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 279931

Ø      Intended residence on discharge – Yorkton Saskatchewan


Nov 23, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to PO Box 44, Yorkton Saskatchewan


May 16, 1960

Deceased at Yorkton Saskatchewan

From the August 1960 issue of The Communiqué,
the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter


The Battalion’s War Diary has his name spelled in different places as both MacKenzie and McKenzie.  He is noted in the War Diary as being an original member of the Battalion even though he did not Attest in Kingston with the other originals.  He attested in England at the West Sandling Camp. 

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