William Hector MacKENZIE (McKENZIE)

Year of Birth:  1892

Place of Birth:  Mt Berham Tin Mines, North Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  6 February 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  29 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Aeneas A60

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  25th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  920

Died:  10 August 1916


Pte William MacKenzie
Northern Herald (Cairns) 2 July 1915


William Hector McKenzie was born William Hector Kowla Hussey 7 July 1892 to Sarah Hussey.  In 1897 she married Duncan Thomas Neish MacKenzie and they had five children, Robert Duncan Neish born 1898, Louisa Mary Ann Helen 1900, Violet Christina May 1902, Alexander Charles Neish 1906 and Duncan George Gilbert 1911.

On his enlistment William was aged 22 years 7 months, occupation Labourer and his next of kin, his mother, Ann McKenzie, McLeod St, Cairns.  He was 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 11 stone 7 pounds with fair complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair.  His religion was Presbyterian.

He embarked from Brisbane on 29 June 1915 on the HMAT Aeneas and arrived on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 4 September 1915.  He was admitted sick to the field hospital on 25 September then transferred to Mudros a small Greek island in the Mediterranean Sea on 30 September.  He was transferred to Cairo, Egypt on 5 October then discharged and returned to duty at Gallipoli on 13 November 1915.  He left Gallipoli on 9 January 1916 then proceeded to Marseilles, Frances via Egypt.

William was wounded in action on 5th August 1916 and admitted to 44th Casual Clearing Station on 6 August where he died of his wounds on 10 August 1916.  He was buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery, Puchevillers, Picardie, France


HMAT Aeneas A60 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA B2455 – re notification given


NAA B2455 – reply given to his Aunt


Cairns Post 14 October 1916 p4


Online Resources

Queensland Register of Births, Deaths & Marriages

NAA: B2455, McKenzie, William, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Photograph of the: HMAT Aeneas A60, Australian War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Northern Herald 2 July 1915

Cairns Post 11 October 1916 p4


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