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Donald Bruce McKenzie

Portrait of Major Donald Bruce McKenzie. Date unknown. Image kindly provided by Sandra Pardon (November 2018). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Major Donald Bruce McKenzie. Date unknown. Image kindly provided by Sandra Pardon (Novem …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Bruce AWMM
  • Surname
    McKenzie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 9/325 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 July 1880 AWMM Port ChalmersDunedin AWMM
  • Date of birth
    18th July 1880 Public - Sandra Mary - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Birth certificate
  • Place of birth
    Port Chalmers, New Zealand Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 September 2018 - Obituary; The Press, 23 November 1918, page 7;
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Gore, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Director of Office Records, Trentham at time of death in 1918 Public - Sandra Mary - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Newspaper article
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Elsie McKenzie (wife), C/o D.L. Poppelwell, Barrister and Solicitor, Gore, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/325 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Manager of Dalgetys Gore, Southland Public - Sandra Mary - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Family history
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of broncho pneumonia following influenza AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Donald McKenzie was the son of John and Isabella McKenzie of Mosgiel, Otago.

      Husband of Elsie McKenzie (nee Green) of William Street, Gore, Southland. AWMM
    • Father of John Bruce Mckenzie and grandfather to Sandra, Moray, Donald and Judith Mckenzie Public - Sandra Mary - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Family history


About death

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  • Death
    19 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    FeatherstonWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM C 13 (S) AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    “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;
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  • Correction - Karori Cemetery.
    Public - Ross - 21 September 2020
  • Rest in peace, Sir, from one Old Boy to another. I shall keep a look out for you the next time I visit Featherston cemetery. Lest we forget.
    Public - Ross - 21 September 2020
  • In memory of my Grandfather, Major Donald Bruce Mckenzie, who fought in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. Although l never knew you l have always felt your spirit, have dreamt of distant battles that l now can put a name to having researched your short life. To return to active service having been invalided in France and to return to fight in Gallipoli for the last three months of the campaign and then to be transferred to fight in the trenches of France proves what a brave and honorable gentleman and soldier you were. I feel proud to call you my Grandfather and pay tribute to your memory.



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
21 September 2020RossWellingtonOther
23 November 2018Sandra MaryNew ZealandOther relative
29 September 2018SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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