William John Mitchell Manzie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: HMS Unicorn, Dundee
  • Service no: Clyde Z/478
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Collingwood Battalion, R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 20
  • Date of Death: 04.06.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 287 Hilltown, Dundee
  • Occupation: Wire drawer
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:

    Jessie Manzie, 287 Hilltown, Dundee

  • Spouse:
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More about William John Mitchell Manzie

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

William Manzie    CZ/478   Collingwood Bn   R.N.D.

MANZIE—A.B. William, 478, Royal Naval Division, Collingwood Battalion.  Reported missing at Dardanelles since 19th June, 1915.  His sister, Miss Jessie Manzie, 58 Victoria Road, Dundee, would thank any comrades for news.

Dundee Courier 29th November 1915

MANZIE—In loving memory of our dear brother William Manzie, who was killed in action on 4th June 1915, aged 20.  Inserted by his sisters.

Dundee People’s Journal 19th June 1917

William Manzie was the brother of Jessie Manzie, 287 Hilltown and later of 58 Victoria Road, Dundee. He was employed as a wire drawer when he was one of the first Dundee men to volunteer to join the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve onboard HMS Unicorn for service in the Royal Naval Division. After initial Naval Training at the Crystal Palace in South London he was sent to Blandford Camp in Dorset for advanced military training. At Blandford he was drafted to B Company, 2nd Platoon of the Collingwood Battalion which was training there. Collingwood Battalion landed in Gallipoli in late May 1915 and took part in the Third Battle of Krithia on 4 June 1915. This was their first and last action because, as they advanced towards the enemy line, they were caught in heavy Turkish artillery and machinegun fire. William Manzie was killed in the action and his body was not found. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The number of dead and wounded was very high and the Battalion was disbanded two days later.

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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