Great War Dundee
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- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 1046
- Rank: Corporal
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)
- Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 25
- Date of Death: 01.11.1914
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 3-5
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Longforgan
- Address: 22 Peel St, Lochee, Dundee
- Occupation: Electrician, Lowden Bros & Co, Dundee
Jessie McKenzie, 22 Peel St, Lochee, Dundee
Daniel McKenzie, 22 Peel St, Lochee
More about Alexander McKenzie
Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, he was the son of Mr & Mrs Daniel McKenzie of 22 Peel St, Lochee. He is listed as MACKENZIE on the original Dundee Roll of Honour.
Alexander McKenzie 1046 4th Dragoon Guards
DUNDEE DRAGOON KILLED IN ACTION
WAS A WELL-KNOWN CRICKETER.
Corporal Alexander McKenzie, of the 4th Dragoon Guards, a capable and popular Dundee soldier, has lost his life in Belgium. Corporal McKenzie’s parents, who reside at 87 Commercial Street, had previously been informed of their son’s fate by a comrade, and a letter from his captain, which has just been received unfortunately confirms the sad news. The letter is as follows :__
“It is with deep regret that I have to report to you the death of your son, who was killed in action on November 1, 1914, at Messines. His death was instantaneous, as at the time his squadron was engaged very hotly with the enemy.
“ He was a promising young N.C.O., and was greatly liked by all with whom he came in contact. The members of his squadron have asked me to send their sincerest sympathy.”
By the death of Corporal M’Kenzie, St Mary Magdalene’s Cricket Club has lost a most esteemed member. He was a reservist and before being called up was employed as an electrician in the service of Lowdon Bros. & Co., Dundee. Corporal M’Kenzie was in his 26th year.
Dundee Courier 17th November 1914
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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