William McKenzie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: January 1916.
  • Place of enlistment: Aberdeen
  • Service no: 5018 TS
  • Rank: Trimmer
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M. Trawler John High
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Reserve
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea, off Mount Sozonova, in the Barents Sea.
  • Age at Death: 20
  • Date of Death: 07.08.1916
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  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 23

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 24.04.1896
  • Place of Birth: Elgin
  • Address: 6 Thorter Row, Dundee
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  • Mother:

    Margaret McKenzie, 6 Thorter Row, Dundee

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More about William McKenzie

William McKenzie was the son of Mrs Margaret McKenzie of 6 Thorter Row, Dundee and he joined the Royal Naval Reserve at Aberdeen in January 1916. He was drafted to the minesweeping trawler John High which was based at Great Yarmouth. In March, the John High sailed for Murmansk to become part of the North Russia force, based on the old cruiser HMS Iphigenia. William McKenzie was one of fourteen crew killed when the John High was sunk after striking a mine, laid by the German submarine U-75 offshore off Mount Sozonova, in the Barents Sea. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common, Hampshire. The Ship’s Log of HMS Iphigenia contains these entries on 7 August 1916. “3.00pm: Received news by Wireless Telegraphy that Trawler John High was blown up by mine 5am off Sozonova. One survivor. 3.15pm: Half masted colours.”

Information supplied by Gary Thomson.

Further information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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