John McKenzie

Feb 13, 1884

Born in Bosselle Massey, Scotland


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59730 (temporary number 671)

Ø  Next of kin given as William McKenzie, father, 9 Henderson Court, Gallowgate, Aberdeen, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 3rd Territorial Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Jan 30, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay for an unrecorded offence


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 10, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of his right ankle


May 11, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


May 12, 1916

Transferred via the No. 14 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers, France


May 23, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


May 30, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and reported to the No. 3 General Base Depot in Boulogne


Jun 2, 1916

On being classified PB (Permanent Base), meaning he was not fit for combat duty, Private McKenzie was transferred to the Canadian Corps Headquarters for light duties with the Canadian Corps Composite Company


Nov 17, 1916

Granted permission to marry

His next of kin was later changed to read Mrs. Elizabeth McKenzie, 20 North Constitution St., Aberdeen, Scotland


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Canadian Area Employment Company in Bruay, France


Oct 10, 1917

Attached to the 5th Canadian Area Employment Company for duty


Dec 16, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 4, 1918

Rejoined employment company from leave


Apr 4, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool


Apr 5, 1918

Attached to the Canadian Corps APM (Assistant Provost Martial) for Traffic Control Duty


May 10, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Canadian Area Employment Company


Jun 8, 1918

Classified B1, meaning he was fit for non combat service in England or France with a labour unit


Jul 25, 1918

Transferred to the Labour Pool


Sep 28, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Canadian Infantry Works Company and proceeded to Inchy, France


Jan 10, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian General Depot and attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Witley, England pending return to Canada


Jan 27, 1919

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 4, 1919

Reported for duty at 3.00 pm and forfeited a total of 11 days pay for his absence


Feb 6, 1919

Ceased to be attached to the discharge depot and rejoined the General Depot


Feb 18, 1919

Transferred to Military District No. 3 “C” Wing in Kinmel Park pending return to Canada

While here, a riot took place amongst the troops on March 4-5 who were showing their displeasure in the time required to proceed home to Canada


May 27, 1919

Attached to “H” Wing in Witley


Jul 31, 1919

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Aug 13, 1919

Embarked the SS Baltic in Liverpool with his wife Elizabeth



Aug 21, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Taken On Strength the Halifax Depot Clearing Services Command


Aug 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 321168

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 609 Ashdale Ave., Toronto, Ontario

In 1934 he was reported to be living in Yorkton, Saskatchewan

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