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Owen Alexander McKENZIE

Regimental number1140
Place of birthGoondiwindi, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMotor mechanic
AddressWood Street, Warwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs.Sarah McKenzie, Wood Street, Warwick, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 June 1915
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 38), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Sarah and the late Neil MCKENZIE, Lilly Street, Coorparoo, Queensland. Native of Goondiwindi, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-H.M.T. 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Found guilty, 25 December 1915, of being drunk and disorderly at Serapeum, 25 December 1915: fined 10/- by Commanding Officer.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Died of wounds, No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 2050 hours, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound to chest and shoulder).

Buried Bailleul Cemetery, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McKENZIE Owen Alexander
Red Cross file 1930105

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