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Stephen Nowell McKENZIE

Regimental number3135
Date of birth5 January 1895
Place of birthBirmingham, England
SchoolKing's School. Worcester and Christ's Hospital, Horsham, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBushman
Address152 Goderich Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, F McKenzie, Hale Magna Vicarage, Heckington Lincolnshire, England
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 13 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 18 April 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Other details

Sailed on the S.S. 'Windhuk' for his return trip to Australia

Took up wheat farming at Bencubbin, Western Australia and in 1939 became a radio announcer with Station 6ML, Perth

Re-enlisted in WWII - served 10th Garrison Battalion and 13th Lines of Cummunication in Western Australia

Was released from the army with the rank of Major on 15 July 1944 and took up the appointment as General-Secretary, Australian Red Cross, W.A. Division, holding this position until his retirement

In November 1993 was one of the two veterans from Western Australia to take part in the commemorative service for the entombment of the unknown soldier, at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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