“Major D. B. McKenzie,.who died at Trentham, was born at Akaroa, but while he was young the family removed to Mosgiel, where he received the greater part of his education.
He entered the service of Messrs Dalgety and Co and at various times was stationed at Dunedin, Oamaru. and Gore, where he filled the position of manager. He enlisted as soon as war broke out, and the ladies of Gore (says the ''Ensign") publicly presented him with a horse.
Major McKenzie went to Egypt with the Main Body and spent some months there, eventually breaking down in health. On recovering he was entrusted with the command of a draft of invalided men in a hospital ship to New Zealand. The sea voyage benefited him so much that on his re-arrival in Egypt in charge of a reinforcement draft he was sent to Gallipoli and was there during the last three months of the historic campaign, and was in charge of the company that was last to leave Gallipoli.
The various units were subsequently reconstructed, and he was transferred to France. After some time there his health again broke down and he was subsequently invalided home.
Since his return to New Zealand he had been Director of Camp Records at Trentham. He took ill with infiuenza about a month ago. He leaves a widow (second daughter of the late Mr Thomas Green,of Gore) and one son.” Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 September 2018 - Obituary; The Press, 23 November 1918, page 7; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19181123.2.30