James Hogarth MACKENZIE

MACKENZIE, James Hogarth

Service Number: 1702
Enlisted: 30 January 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Qld., 1892
Home Town: North Ipswich, Ipswich, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fireman
Died: Death Attributed to War Service, Rosemount Military Hospital, 22 June 1921
Cemetery: Ipswich General Cemetery, Qld
Presbyterian B. 14. 10
Memorials: Ipswich Branch Engine Drivers, Firemen & Cleaners Association Roll of Honour, Ipswich Soldier's Memorial Hall Great War
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World War 1 Service

30 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1702, 9th Infantry Battalion
8 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1702, 9th Infantry Battalion
8 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1702, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Ellen (nee Moore) and William Webster MacKENZIE.

The death occurred at the Rosemount Military Hospital at 2 o'clock yesterday morning of Lieut. J. H. Mackenzie, who was so well known in Toowoomba by reason of his activities as enlisting officer for the Downs during the war. The late Lieut. Mackenzie, who was only 28 years of age, saw a considerable amount of active service, first with the 9th Battalion and later, with the 49th Battalion. He served during the Gallipoli fighting and afterwards went over to France, and it was whilst taking part in a big stunt in Western France in 1917 that he was severely wounded in the spine — an in jury from which he never completely recovered. Subsequently he was invalided back to Australia, and being unfit for further miliitary service at the front he was allotted the responsible duty of enlisting officer for the Downs. Apart from his military duties the late Lieut. Mackenzie took a considerable interest in many matters of local concern, and it was through this and his unasauming manner that he made such a wide circle of friends in Toowoomba. On one occasion he was accorded a public reception by his admirers, and the hope was then expressed that he would completely recover from his war wounds and be able to give further service for his country. The late Lieut Mackenzie had been ailing for some considerable time, and prior to going into the Rosemount military hospital was for a considerable period in the Randwick military hospital, Sydney undergoing special treatment. Deceased was a native of Ipswich, where his parents reside, and yesterday his body was conveyed from Brisbane to that city for the funeral, which will take place this morning The news of his death was received with considerably regret in Toowoomba yesterday, and a great deal of sympathy has been extended to his fiancee, Miss May Mc Quade, whey was present at his bedside till the last. It is only a few weeks ago that Lieut. Mackenzie was in Toowoomba, when he expressed the opinion that he was on the road to improvement. This prediction, unfortunately, was not borne out.

The "Queensland Times" reports that the remains of the late Lieutenant James Hogarth Mackenzie, who died in the Rosemount Military Hospital on Wednesday last were interred with military honors in the Ipswich General Cemetery on Thursday. The cortege moved from the deceased's mother's residence, Flint street North Ipswich, at 12.30 p.m., and was headed by the Model Band playing the "Dead March, in Saul." A number of returned soldiers marched behind the band, and the pall bearers were eight returned men in uniform, who marched alongside the hearse. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and covered with wreaths and floral emblems.  The deceased soldier went away with the 4th Reinforcements of the 9th Battalion; he saw service on Gallipoli and in France and Belgium, where he attained to the rank of sergeant, in the 9th Battalion. On the formation of the 4th Division he was transferred from the 9th Battallion with the rank of lieutenant, and the draft he went with was the nucleus of the 40th Battalion. The deceased soldier was highly respected and had many friends in  Ipswich and district.