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Duncan McKenzie

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Duncan McKenzie as a Prisoner of War in camp XVIIIA - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Duncan AWMM
  • Surname
    McKenzie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    4806 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1908 AWMM Argyll and ButeScotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 401 Fitzroy Ave, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J.E. McKenzie (brother), 155 Cameron Street, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 March 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    4806 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Salonike 8B 714 ER. 18A 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    658 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Duncan McKenzie was the son of John Lachlan McKenzie (a policeman) and Ellen McKenzie (a maid). His family emigrated to New Zealand about 1912 and may have settled at Gore in Southland. Duncan was the eldest of five boys. Because of family circumstances they spent some time in an orphanage in Dunedin. Duncan worked on farms in mid-Canterbury before the war and it was here that he met his future wife.

    He enlisted when war broke out and after training at Trentham sailed for Egypt where he was promoted to Sergeant. He remained in Egypt because of illness when his battalion went to Greece. He began his diary as he crossed the Mediterranean to join his battalion in the Greece campaign.

    Duncan McKenzie married Nancy Margaret Smith when he returned from the war (1945). They had three children, Elizabeth and twin sons, Duncan and Ian. He died aged 46 in 1955. His health had not been good since his return from the war, possibly due to prison camp conditions (refer to his diary).

    Nominal roll gives address for J.E. McKenzie as Lauriston, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1955 AWMM
    Age 46 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland Domain, an Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 113 AWMM
    • McKenzie, Duncan. Diary, 1941 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-99/24. AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
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