Athol Everson Cuff McKenzie

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Informations générales

Fabricant de fromage

Informations service militaire

New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation date:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
 —  New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Mesen, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 3

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#3 Lieu du décès (approximatif)

Mon histoire

Athol Everson Cuff McKenzie lives and workes at the Dalefield Cheese Factory in Carterton, New Zealand before the War. His brothers Malcolm, Douglas and Kenneth McKenzie serve in the Australian Army. Athol enlists in New Zealand in May 1916.

On June 7th of 1917 Athol’s battalion takes part in the Battle of Messines. The German resistance was fierce, but the New Zealand Rifle Brigade managed to reach its objective on the eastern outskirts of Mesen. While consolidating their positions, the Germans counterattacked with artillery, causing several casualties.

Athol is only 23 years old when he is killed. He is buried south-east of Mesen, at Bethleem Farm. When his brother Malcolm is in the area in February 1918, he erects a memorial cross. The cross was found after the war but Athol's body was never identified. Athol McKenzie is commemorated on Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, panel 37.

Athol’s brothers survive the War. The museum holds an original map and an aerial photograph of Malcolm, on which the locations of the grave and cross are noted.

Rapports avec d'autres militaires 1

Fichiers 5

Newspaper Article Consulter

Sources 5

Auckland Weekly News, 6.09.1917, p. 41.
Sources utilisées
Austin, W.S. The Official History of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (The Earl of Liverpool's Own). East-Sussex: The Naval & Military Press Ltd., 2007. 193-209.
Sources utilisées
Cundall, Frank. Jamaica's part in the Great War 1914-1918 (London: West India Committee, 1925), 144.
Sources utilisées
Mangaweka Notes, Rangitikei Advocate and Manawatu Argus, XLI, nr. 11283, 28.06.1917.
Sources utilisées
Photo of the McKenzie brothers (Discovering Anzacs).
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