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Alexander Kenneth MACKENZIE

ReligionChurch of England
AddressGerlock, Bondi Road, Bondi, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, F A Mackenzie, Bondi Road, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant (Transport Officer)
Unit name1st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'In the attack on Hargicourt and subsequent operations 18th-21st September, 1918, in command of a battalion he showed great skill and gallantry in preparing the attack and during the advance. His attack was in every way successful, and resulted in the capture of several hundred prisoners and some field guns. During the difficult period of holding the line he showed ability in disposing his troops, and his work was of the greatest value to the brigade during a delicate situation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During operations he took command of the battalion. He handled his men with marked ability and courage. He was instrumental in organizing counter attacks which drove off the enemy after he had gained a temporary footing in our lines.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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