- Birth*: David Petrie McKenzie was born on 18 August 1879 at 9 Green Street, Forfar, Angus, Scotland, ; 1879 births in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar, ref 341; David Petrie McKenzie born 1879 August Eighteenth at 8h 7m am am 9 Green Street Forfar; male, parents David McKenzie powerloom mechanic and Rebecca McKenzie ms Neave who married 1876 December 29th at Forfar; signed David McKenzie father; registered 1879 September 3rd at Forfar signed W H Thomson registrar.1
- He was the son of David McKenzie and Rebecca Neave.
- (Groom) Marriage*: David Petrie McKenzie married Lizzie Low Wilson circa 1905.2
- (Witness) Photograph: David Petrie McKenzie is in this photograph taken in 1899 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Rebecca Neave, Harry Neave McKenzie, Ernest Ferrier McKenzie, Ann McKenzie, John McKenzie, Lizzie Jane Ormond McKenzie and Isabella Brown McKenzie.3
- (Witness) Photograph: David Petrie McKenzie is in this photograph taken circa 1901 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Rebecca Neave, David McKenzie, Lizzie Jane Ormond McKenzie, Ann McKenzie, Isabella Brown McKenzie, John McKenzie, Ernest Ferrier McKenzie and Harry Neave McKenzie.3
- (Witness) Marriage: David Petrie McKenzie witnessed the marriage of Joseph Beckett and Agnes Neave Lindsay on Wednesday, 22 March 1922 at 32 Bank Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, ; 1922 marriages in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee; ref 97; 1922 on the twenty-second day of March at 32 Bank Street Dundee by declaration in the presence of David McKenzie jute mill overseer and Elizabeth Ormond Mckenzie or Smith both of 14 Maryfield Terrace Dundee; Joseph Beckett cattle dealer bachelor, 38, Stag Hotel Forfar, James Beckett cattle dealer and Elizabeth Beckett ms Evans; Agnes Neave Lindsay or Stewart housekeeper widow, 36, 75 East High Street Forfar, Thomas Lindsay bakers vanman (dec) and Agnes Lindsay ms Neave (dec); warrant of Sherrif Substitute of Forfarshire dated March 22nd 1922; 1922 March 23rd at Dundee Alex Buchan registrar.4,5
- (Witness) Photograph: David Petrie McKenzie is in this photograph taken say 1935 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with David McKenzie, David Wilson McKenzie.3
- (Witness) Burial: David Petrie McKenzie witnessed the burial of David Wilson McKenzie on 11 January 1943 at Tunisia, ; Buried at Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia
Number of casualties 2525
cemetery refernce 3.H.1.
Medjez-el-Bab is approximately 60 kilometres west of Tunis. The Cemetery is situated 5 kilometres west of Medjez-el-Bab on the road to Le Kef (Route GP5). GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 36.626687, Longitude: 9.570444
In May 1943, the war in North Africa came to an end in Tunisia with the defeat of the Axis powers by a combined Allied force. The campaign began on 8 November 1942, when Commonwealth and American troops made a series of landings in Algeria and Morocco. The Germans responded immediately by sending a force from Sicily to northern Tunisia, which checked the Allied advance east in early December. In the south, the Axis forces defeated at El Alamein withdrew into Tunisia along the coast through Libya, pursued by the Allied Eighth Army. By mid April 1943, the combined Axis force was hemmed into a small corner of north-eastern Tunisia and the Allies were grouped for their final offensive. Medjez-el-Bab was at the limit of the Allied advance in December 1942 and remained on the front line until the decisive Allied advances of April and May 1943. There are 2,903 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY. 385 of the burials are unidentified. Special memorials commemorate three soldiers buried in Tunis (Borgel) Cemetery and one in Youks-les-Bains Cemetery, whose graves are now lost. Within the cemetery stands the MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, bearing the names of almost 2,000 men of the First Army who died during the operations in Algeria and Tunisia between 8 November 1942 and 19 February 1943, and those of the First and Eighth Armies who died in operations in the same areas between 20 February 1943 and 13 May 1943, and who have no known graves. The five First World War burials in Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery were brought in from Tunis (Belvedere) Cemetery or in Carthage (Basilica Karita) Cemetery in 1950. The CEMETERY and MEMORIAL were designed by Sir J. Hubert Worthington.6
- (Witness) Death: David Petrie McKenzie witnessed the death of David Wilson McKenzie on 11 January 1943 at Tunisia, ; Bombardier McKenzie, David Wilson
Service number 1676485
Died 11/01/1943 Aged 32
51 Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery
son of David Petrie McKenzie and Lizzie Low McKenzie of Northwood Middlesex.2,6
- (Witness) Probate: David Petrie McKenzie witnessed the probate of the estate of David Wilson McKenzie on 18 March 1943 at LLandudno; Probate to David Petri McKenzie merchant. Effects £3669 0s 8d.7
- (Witness) Burial: David Petrie McKenzie witnessed the burial of David Wilson McKenzie on 28 July 1944 at Medjez el Bab, Tunisia; Reburial
These record details of individuals who were originally buried in smaller or isolated cemeteries, but who, at a later date, were exhumed and reburied in war cemeteries. The concentration of cemeteries allowed otherwise unmaintainable graves to be moved into established war grave cemeteries where the Commission could ensure proper commemoration.6,8
- [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Births 1879 Forfar 288/341 image held [Mar 2018].
- [S40] JP [Aug 2005].
- [S40] From SM [Jul 2015].
- [S40] From CRmsB [Sept 2005].
- [S64] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Marriages 1922 Dundee St Clement ref 97 image held [Sept 2009].
- [S31] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/) https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2621225/mck..
- [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for David Wilson McKenzie [Jun 2020].
- [S67] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com) Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 June 2020), memorial page for Bmdr David Wilson McKenzie (unknown–11 Jan 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56085022, citing Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Medjez el Bab, Béja, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) . [Jun 2020]
- [S30] LDS 1881 Census.
- [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS census Forfar 1891 [Aug 2005].
- [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census Dundee 1901 [Aug 2005].
David Petrie McKenzie1
M, #991, b. 18 August 1879
Last Edited: 15 Mar 2018