The AIF Project

William Alexander McKENZIE

Regimental number2701
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationNewsagent
AddressNottstreet, East Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jessie McKenzie, Nott Street, East Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered from Military Medal)


'Work near Harbonnieres on 9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. worked his platoon forward under very heavy machine gun fire, outflanking a post which was holding up the advance. He then personally headed a rush, capturing two machine guns and killing the crews. His courage and leadership inspired the men under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 14 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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