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Robert Henry MacKENZIE

Regimental number2631
Place of birthGoodwood, South Australia
SchoolGoodwood Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDentist's assistant
Address34 Young Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs D MacKenzie, 34 Young Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Place of enlistmentSeymour, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 21), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Annie MACKENZIE, 79 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Native of South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to Anzac Advanced Base, Mudros, 18 November 1915.

Taken on strength, 7th Bn, 20 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 1916, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 15 March 1916, and taken on strength.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1930601: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 2630 Pte W. McCASEY, 60th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 3 January 1917: 'Witness was told by [2719 Pte J.L.] Clancy (of same Company as McK) that he was alongside when McKenzie was killed by a shell.'

Second statement, 2719 Pte J.L. CLANCY, B Company, 60th Bn, 28 February 1917: 'He died alongside me at Fleurbaix on 19th. July, in the charge. He was shot through the stomach on the way across and crawled into a shell hole. I crawled into the same one. Three of us lay there together. A shell came over and buried us. Two of us got out. We dug down to McKenzie and found him lying. He mumbled a few words and died.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MacKENZIE Robert Henry
Red Cross File No 1930601

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