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Lizzie Low Wilson1,2,3

F, #2172, b. circa 1880
Last Edited: 15 Mar 2018
  • Married Name: As of circa 1905, her married name was McKenzie.1
  • (Witness) Photograph: Lizzie Low Wilson is in this photograph taken circa 1930 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Rebecca Neave.4
    L-R Rebecca Neave McKenzie, Margeret McKenzie Walker, Lizzie Wilson McKenzie
  • (Witness) Burial: Lizzie Low Wilson 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
    History Information
    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.2
  • (Informant) Death: Lizzie Low Wilson registered 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.1,2
  • (Witness) Burial: Lizzie Low Wilson 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.2,5

Family:

David Petrie McKenzie b. 18 Aug 1879

Children:

David Wilson McKenzie b. 6 Jun 1910, d. 11 Jan 1943
John McKenzie b. 21 Sep 1916, d. 1 Jun 1992
William McKenzie b. 1 Jan 1918, d. 1 Jan 1918

Citations

  1. [S40] JP [Aug 2005].
  2. [S31] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/) https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2621225/mck..
  3. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Births 1913 Dundee St Peter 282/1 446 image held [Mar 2018].
  4. [S40] From SM [Jul 2015].
  5. [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]