David Alexander McKenzie

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 6, 1887

Born in Oathlaw, Forfarshire, Scotland to John and Elizabeth (nee Whyte) McKenzie


Jan 26, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Madoc, Ontario

Ø      Number 636477

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth McKenzie, mother, Darlingford, Manitoba

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp near Kingston, Ontario


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay


May 9, 1917

While the battalion was in the front lines near the newly captured Vimy Ridge, they came under a heavy artillery barrage and Private McKenzie received shrapnel wounds to his back and buttocks.  He was removed to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was then transferred to the No. 12 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


May 12, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Horton, County of London, War Hospital, Epsom.


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Aug 24, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park to continue his rehabilitation


Sep 7, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford


Dec 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 22, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples as part of a draft of 21 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Dec 26, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) in Calonne Ricouart


Jan 1, 1918

Left the CCRC and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Auchy-au-Bois


Oct 11, 1918

The 21st Battalion was the right attacking battalion of the 4th Brigade on the town of Avesnes-le-Sec, on the German Marcoing Line.  The battalion suffered heavy casualties and Private McKenzie was first reported missing, then confirmed to have been killed in action and buried in the Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth McKenzie, Darlingford, Manitoba


Private McKenzie is honoured on the walls inside the Darlingford, Manitoba War Memorial

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