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Unknown AWMM 401 Fitzroy Ave, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
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Mr J.E. McKenzie (brother), 155 Cameron Street, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 31 March 1940 AWMM Single AWMM
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.
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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
Age 46 AWMM
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- 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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