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Mackenzie Archibald, Pte, Achterneed

Private Archibald Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 05.05.1916
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): Archibald
Rank: Private
Regiment: 1/4th Seaforths
Home Address: Burnside Cottage, Achterneed

ACHTERNEED BOYS WITH THE COLOURS

Three sons of Mr Alex. Mackenzie, Burnside Cottage, Achterneed, are now on active service.
1475 Pte. John Mackenzie (26), the eldest son, is in the 1/4th Seaforths. Previous to the outbreak of war he was employed on the Cromartie Estate.

3368 Pte. Archie Mackenzie (24) is with the 1/4th Seaforths. Previous to outbreak of war he was a gardener in Linburn Gardens, Shandon, Helensburgh.

1461 Pte. Robert Mackenzie (20) also belongs to the 1/4th Seaforths transport section, and before the war was employed as a farm servant.

Both John and Robert have been with the Battalion since mobilisation.

The photographs of the boys are reproduced above.

Date of Paper:  13.10.1916

TWO ACHTERNEED BROTHERS GAIN THE MILITARY MEDAL

Last week we recorded the fact that Private Robert Mackenzie, Seaforths, son of Mr. Alex. Mackenzie, Burnside Cottage, Achterneed, had been awarded the Military Medal. This week we are able to announce that another of the four sons of Mr Mackenzie who are serving with the colours has also been awarded the Military Medal. Private Archibald Mackenzie, Seaforths, who has earned this distinction, was employed as a gardener with Mr Carl Grabowsky, at Linnburn, Shandon, when was broke out, and when he at once responded to the call to arms. Particulars of the act of bravery which earned him this decoration are not yet available. We reproduce a photograph of Private Archibald Mackenzie.

Date of Paper:  26.10.1917

Last week Mr Mackenzie, road surfaceman, Achterneed, received the sad intelligence of the death in action of his son, 3368 Lance Corporal Archie Mackenzie, Seaforths, on the 11th inst. Lce.Cpl. Mackenzie was a gardener with the Countess of Cromartie at Castle Leod for a considerable time, and left there to take up an appointment at Helensburgh, where he was employed when war broke out. A fine, clean, upstanding type, he was much interested in athletics, and was a capital distance runner. He won the half-mile against all-comers at Strathpeffer during his last year there – no mean feat, as some of the best Scotch runners competed. Lance Corporal Mackenzie joined the Army as a stretcher-bearer, and gained the Military Medal “for very gallant conduct in Montauban and Bernafay Wood. On many occasions between and including July 5th and July 13th, 1916, he remained in the open under fire assisting and collecting the wounded, and showed the greatest devotion to duty, particularly on the 12th, when he undoubtedly saved the life of a man with a cut artery by assisting and by running him in on a stretcher to a first aid post through a barrage of [obliterated].”

On the day he was killed word came through that he had been granted a Bar to his M.M., but, unfortunately, Lce.Cpl. Mackenzie never knew of it, as word could not be sent to him in time. He gained the Bar to his Medal when in charge of a demolition party who were to blow up a hostile “Pill Box”. The party who were with him retired, but he maintained his ground in front of the position, and kept up a harassing fire on the enemy till the infantry could again advance.
His Captain writes: “Your son was the best man I had in the company, and the most popular. His infinitely good humour and courage were an example to all of us, and he never failed at the most trying times”. He was buried with full military honours, the whole company turning out to pay the last respects to one they each regarded as a friend. His platoon officer writes: “Knowing him for a long time, I can bear testimony to his unique qualifications as one of the finest soldiers that ever wore the King’s uniform”. A very sympathetic letter was also received from his Lieutenant Colonel and from the Chaplain, who both speak in very high terms of Lce.Cpl. Mackenzie’s bravery and good qualities.

The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved family on the loss of so gallant a son and brother.

Other two brothers are serving with the Colours. Pte. John Mackenzie, Seaforths, one of the brothers is at present in hospital suffering from severe burns received from a German flame-thrower. A photograph of Lce.Cpl. Mackenzie appears today.

See entries below for details of his brothers John and Robert Mackenzie

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Mackenzie Jon, Pte, Achterneed

Private John Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 05.05.1916
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): John
Rank: Private
Regiment: 1/4th Seaforths
Home Address: Burnside Cottage, Achterneed

ACHTERNEED BOYS WITH THE COLOURS

Three sons of Mr Alex. Mackenzie, Burnside Cottage, Achterneed, are now on active service.
1475 Pte. John Mackenzie (26), the eldest son, is in the 1/4th Seaforths. Previous to the outbreak of war he was employed on the Cromartie Estate.

3368 Pte. Archie Mackenzie (24) is with the 1/4th Seaforths. Previous to outbreak of war he was a gardener in Linburn Gardens, Shandon, Helensburgh.

1461 Pte. Robert Mackenzie (20) also belongs to the 1/4th Seaforths transport section, and before the war was employed as a farm servant.

Both John and Robert have been with the Battalion since mobilisation.

The photographs of the boys are reproduced above.

Date of Paper: 06.10.1916

MILITARY MEDAL FOR ACHTERNEED SEAFORTH

1461 Private Robert Mackenzie, Seaforths, awarded the Military Medal, is a son of Mr Alex. Mackenzie, Burnside Cottage, Achterneed.

Captain P. B. Macintyre, transport officer, in a letter to Pte. Mackenzie’s father, writes, “It affords me the greatest possible pleasure to let you know that your son has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry displayed by him on 15th September. As you are aware, he was wounded by shell fire while driving his turnout back from the ration dump late at night. The shelling caused his horses to take fright and bolt, but he stuck to them for a distance of 3000 yards, and eventually brought them to a standstill. Although much exhausted from the effects of the wound, he showed remarkable skill and great pluck by the way in which he guided the horses along a difficult route freely used by transport at the time. His wound is not dangerous, and I sincerely hope that he may make a speedy recovery and be long spared to [obliterated] medal so gallantly earned.”

See entry above for details of his brother Archibald and entry below for his brother Robert

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Mackenzie Robert, Pte, Achterneed

private Robert Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 05.05.1916
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): Robert
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: Burnside Cottage, Achterneed

ACHTERNEED BOYS WITH THE COLOURS

Three sons of Mr Alex. Mackenzie, Burnside Cottage, Achterneed, are now on active service.
1475 Pte. John Mackenzie (26), the eldest son, is in the 1/4th Seaforths. Previous to the outbreak of war he was employed on the Cromartie Estate.

3368 Pte. Archie Mackenzie (24) is with the 1/4th Seaforths. Previous to outbreak of war he was a gardener in Linburn Gardens, Shandon, Helensburgh.

1461 Pte. Robert Mackenzie (20) also belongs to the 1/4th Seaforths transport section, and before the war was employed as a farm servant.

Both John and Robert have been with the Battalion since mobilisation.

The photographs of the boys are reproduced above.

See two entries above for details of his brothers Archibald and John Mackenzie

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Mackenzie David, Pte, Achterneed

Private David Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 15.09.1916
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): David
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: Cairn Cottage, Achterneed, Strathpeffer

ACHTERNEED SEAFORTH WOUNDED

3945 Pte. David Mackenzie is one of the pioneer battalion Seaforth Highlanders, which is officered by several men who know the lands of the Mackenzies from first hand experience. Recently wounded in the thigh, he is in hospital in Southampton. A grandson of Widow Mackenzie, Cairn Cottage, Achterneed, he served his apprenticeship as a gardener.

A portrait of Pte. Mackenzie appears today.

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Mackenzie David, Corp, Strathpeffer

Corporal David Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 18.01.1918
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): David
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Canadians
Home Address: Blairninich, Strathpeffer

Corporal David Mackenzie, second son of the late Hector Mackenzie, and of Mrs Mackenzie, Blairninich, Strathpeffer, who was recently home on furlough, went to Canada about 12 years ago. He followed his trade as mason. When war broke out, he joined the Canadians in Winnipeg, came over to England in the autumn of 1916, and went to France about the end of the same year. Since then he has come through some stiff fighting on the Vimy and elsewhere, has been gassed and wounded in the face by shrapnel, through which wound he was in hospital in France for a time. Friends and old companions were pleased to see him home again looking none the worse.
A photograph appears today.

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Lieutenant James Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 11.02.1916
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): James
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 3/4th Seaforths
Home Address: Fife Lodge, Strathpeffer

Above we reproduce a portrait of Sergeant Thomas Mackenzie, 1st Scots Guards, who has been officially reported missing on the 29th October 1914. Sergt. Mackenzie, who was a former pupil of Dingwall Academy, went to France on the outbreak of war, and took part in all the engagements with his battalion until he was reported missing. Sergt. Chapman, of the 1st Scots Guards, who was taken prisoner on the same date, and lately returned disabled, in an interview with Misses Mackenzie, Fife Lodge, Strathpeffer, Sergt. Mackenzie’s sisters, said the last he saw of Sergt. Mackenzie was on the morning of the 29th October, when under a very heave bombardment, and all their officers either killed or wounded, Sergt. Mackenzie took command of what remained of them until they were all either killed or taken prisoners. Sergt. Mackenzie, who was 27 years of age, served eight years with the Scots Guards and one year with the Egyptian Army, and is a brother of Mr A. Mackenzie, carpenter contractor, Muir of Ord. Another brother, Lieut. James Mackenzie, came from Canada with the Canadians, and is now attached to the 3/4th Seaforths at Ripon.

See entry below for details of his brother Thomas Mackenzie

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Mackenzie Thomas, Sgt, Strathpeffer

Sergeant Thomas Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 11.02.1916
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): Thomas
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: 1st Scots Guards
Home Address: Fife Lodge, Strathpeffer

Above we reproduce a portrait of Sergeant Thomas Mackenzie, 1st Scots Guards, who has been officially reported missing on the 29th October 1914. Sergt. Mackenzie, who was a former pupil of Dingwall Academy, went to France on the outbreak of war, and took part in all the engagements with his battalion until he was reported missing. Sergt. Chapman, of the 1st Scots Guards, who was taken prisoner on the same date, and lately returned disabled, in an interview with Misses Mackenzie, Fife Lodge, Strathpeffer, Sergt. Mackenzie’s sisters, said the last he saw of Sergt. Mackenzie was on the morning of the 29th October, when under a very heave bombardment, and all their officers either killed or wounded, Sergt. Mackenzie took command of what remained of them until they were all either killed or taken prisoners. Sergt. Mackenzie, who was 27 years of age, served eight years with the Scots Guards and one year with the Egyptian Army, and is a brother of Mr A. Mackenzie, carpenter contractor, Muir of Ord. Another brother, Lieut. James Mackenzie, came from Canada with the Canadians, and is now attached to the 3/4th Seaforths at Ripon.

See entry above for details of his brother James Mackenzie

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Mackenzie John, Pte, Strathpeffer

Private John Mackenzie

Date of Paper: 05.11.1915
Surname: Mackenzie
First Name(s): John
Rank: Private
Regiment: 11th Highland Light Infantry
Home Address: The Bungalow, Strathpeffer

91 Private John Mackenzie, 11th Highland Light Infantry, killed 17th July, is interred at Le Touret. He was the only son of the late Mr and Mrs Mackenzie, Friar Street, Inverness, although for some years he was resident with his aunt, Miss J. Davidson, The Bungalow, Strathpeffer. About 30 years of age, he enlisted at the outbreak of war, in Glasgow, where he was employed at his trade as a tailor. He also took part in the South African War.

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