- Birth*: David Wilson McKenzie was born on 6 June 1910.1
- He was the son of David Petrie McKenzie and Lizzie Low Wilson.
- Burial*: David Wilson McKenzie was buried 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.2
- (Deceased) Death*: He died on 11 January 1943 at Tunisia, , at age 32 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
- Probate: His estate was probated on 18 March 1943 at LLandudno; Probate to David Petri McKenzie merchant. Effects £3669 0s 8d.3
- Burial: He was buried 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.2,4
- (Witness) Photograph: He is in this photograph taken say 1935 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with David McKenzie, David Petrie McKenzie.5
- Military Service*: David Wilson McKenzie served with the Royal Artillery between 1939 and 1943.
- [S40] JP [Aug 2005].
- [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]
- [S40] From SM [Jul 2015].
David Wilson McKenzie1
M, #2173, b. 6 June 1910, d. 11 January 1943
Last Edited: 17 Jun 2020