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Hugh Christian McKENZIE

Regimental number4882
Place of birthKerang Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationBridge carpenter
AddressCampsie, Kerang, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr A McKenzie, Campsie, Kerang, Victoria
Enlistment date18 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Provost Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Courage, skill and coolness under heavy shell fire while on traffic duty near Ypres, 20 September 1917; also for attentions to wounded.'
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 December 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of the 20th and morning of the 21st September 1917 Trooper McKENZIE showed great courage, skill and coolness under heavy shell fire whilst on traffic duty near YPRES. By his efforts the passage of the Infantry to the front line was greatly facilitated, he also assisted in directing the wounded, and doing stretcher bearer's work and was instrumental in helping munitions and food to be brought up to the men in the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: [613] Lt Duncan McKENZIE, 38th Bn, killed in action, 13 October 1917; 6357 Pte John Sinclair McKENZIE, 24th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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