William Arthur MCKENZIE

MCKENZIE, William Arthur

Service Numbers: 250, 4993
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Unspecified South African Army Units
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1879
Home Town: Geelong, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed In Action, Deville Wood, France, 18 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 4 C.
Memorials: Geelong Football Club Honour Roll
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Boer War Service

13 Jan 1900: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, 250, 2nd Victorian Mounted Rifles, Embarked from Melbourne for Cape Town on "Euryalus" Troop Transport.

World War 1 Service

4 Aug 1914: Involvement British Forces (All Conflicts), Unspecified South African Army Units
18 Jul 1916: Discharged British Forces (All Conflicts), Private, 4993, 1st Regt, South African Infantry. K.I.A.

Boer War Service

Date unknown: Involvement

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement Unspecified South African Army Units

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William Kenneth and Elizabeth Ann McKenzie, of Bendigo, Victoria

Arthur McKenzie was born in Bendigo in 1879. At Geelong Grammar his sporting abilities – in athletics, football and cricket – were quickly recognised. He played with Geelong in the centre (half forward and half back) in the final four games of the 1898 season and often played two games on consecutive days for Geelong VFL and for Geelong Grammar. He left Australia to fight in the Boer War and saw active service in South Africa. In 1915 he enlisted as a Private in the South African army and was one of General Louis Botha's famous 300 who captured German South West Africa (now Namibia) in 1915. McKenzie was then deployed to France and was killed in action at Delville Wood on July 18, 1916. He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, France.