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Bruce Everett MacKenzie

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bruce Everett AWMM
  • Surname
    MacKenzie AWMM
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    WWII 239464 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 October 1921 AWMM AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 15 Crofton Rd., Ngaio, Wellington AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1944 AWMM 29 Westminster St., St. Albans, Christchurch AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr. J. MacKenzie, Flat 5, 42 Papanui Rd., Christchurch (f) AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. J. MacKenzie, Flat 5, 42 Papanui Rd., Christchurch (f) AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 239464 AWMM
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Military decorations

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    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    21 June 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for MacKenzie, Bruce Everett. (Ref. WO 373/12/662). Military Medal. AWMM

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  • 2 Lieutenant B. E. MacKenzie, MM; Christchurch; born NZ 21 Oct 1921; survey draughtsman. (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p.344.)

    'Although 8 Platoon had been forced off the stopbank, the 9 Platoon section had succeeded in making its river reconnaissance. While the fighting was at its height the section had reached the foot of the stopbank. Choosing a suitable moment Sergeant MacKenzie, an expert swimmer, crawled up the 15-foot stopbank in the half light and let himself down into the river, which was running high between snow-covered banks. Two yards out into the stream he was forced to swim. Half-way over he submerged to find the depth of the river. Gaining the west bank, he climbed the 25-foot stopbank and from the top of it surveyed the reverse slope and the well-prepared German defences along the 12-foot-wide crest, even though he was only a few feet away from one of the dugouts. A shout from one of the Germans in it warned him he had been seen; quickly sliding down the slope, he slid into the icy water again. The Germans came over the top but in the poor light were unable to make out the swimmer, who later gained the opposite bank and returned to the battalion lines with his valuable information. Sergeant MacKenzie's exploit was particularly daring and courageous and won him the MM. Very shortly afterwards he was re-commissioned in the field; he had earlier held a commission in NZ.' (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. pp. 344-5.; Norton, F. D. 26 Battalion. p. 480.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.478, 480. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.344-5. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.53 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.61 AWMM
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