Ian Ross McKenzie


Aug 20, 1881

Born at Strathpeffer Scotland


Jan 18, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59729 (temporary number 1220)

Ø      Next of kin given as John McKenzie (father) of Achterneed Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Accountant

Ø      Previous military experience given as Seaforth Highlanders for 9 years and the 90th Regiment of Canada

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 4, 1915

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request and appointed to position of Acting Pipe Major 

At some point he was appointed to rank of Drum Sgt but the date is not recorded in the file


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


May 8, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 17, 1916

At duty from leave


Sep 17, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 2, 1917

At duty from leave


Jan 11, 1918

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regiment Depot) with view to obtaining a commission


Feb 2, 1918

On Command to OTC (Officer Training Course) at Bexhill


Apr 27, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) EORD on being Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and is TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion


Aug 21, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 22, 1918

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS 21st Battalion


Aug 26, 1918

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Aug 31, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and posted to “B” Company 

The Battalion was in a bivouac area near Arras


Oct 11, 1918         Killed in action


From the 21st Battalion War Diary

Niagara Cemetery
Iwuy France


Feb 2, 1921

On this, and subsequent dates, the following were sent to his father, John McKenzie, at View Cottage, Hieghts of Inchvannie, Strathpeffer, Scotland 

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs Harriet McKenzie, at the same address

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