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Eric George Henderson McKENZIE

Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSalesman
AddressJohn Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, George Hannah McKenzie, 'Tullach Ard', John Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name44th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 29 December 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Refers 29 September 1918.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 6 September 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while acting as battalion scout officer. He located an enemy machine gun post and with one N.C.O. rushed it and captured the gun and fort two prisoners. He did splendidly and his courage and enterprise had a most inspiring effect on all under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Cross

'On 29th September 1918, during operations south of Bony, he was in command of a platoon, and after his senior officers had early become casualties he took command of the company and successfully led it into the Hindenbuerg line. On many occasions he took a leading part in repulsing enemy bombing attacks, and led bombing parties, resulting in the capture of about 800 yards of the Hindenburg line. He showed great gallantry and dash.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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