James Thomson McKENZIE

Regimental number1202
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Addressc/o Thomson and Tate, Lake Mears, Dangin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 11"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, James McKenzie, 149 High Street, Preston-Pans, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in the 8th Bn, Royal Scots Regiment; discharged on leaving the country.
Enlistment date12 February 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 January 1919

Medaille D'Honneur Avec glaives (en Vermeil)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Discharge date5 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 6 June 1916; found guilty, 3 July 1916 (at sea), of being absent without leaqve for 6 hours: admonished, and forfeitede 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant; disembarked England, 26 July 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 4 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 November 1916.

Detached to 2nd Army Signal School, 15 January 1917; rejoined 3rd Pioneer Bn, in the field, 27 February 1917.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 16 July 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 10 August 1917; promoted Sergeant, 19 September 1917.

On leave to England, 20 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 6 January 1918.

Promoted Temporary Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class II), 22 July 1918.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 15 September 1918.

Detached to Australian Corps Signal School, 20 September 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 16 October 1918 (influenza); transferred to England, 1 November 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; discharged on convalescence, 14-28 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Demosthenes', 16 January 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 22 February 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 5 April 1919.

Medals: Medaille D'Honneur Avec glaives (en Vermeil) (France), British War Medal, Victory Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKENZIE James Thomson