Sergeant Jack McKenzie

Sergeant Jack McKenzie (on the right in the photograph) first joined the Royal North-West Mounted Police when he enlisted in Regina. He and many other mounties later joined the army and were placed in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. According to his pay book, he also fought with the 16th Canadian Reserve Branch and the British Columbia Regiment. To view pages from this pay book, click here.

His son, John MacKenzie (the family name was later changed to MacKenzie), recounts that McKenzie fought at Vimy Ridge were he was wounded and that shrapnel remained in his body all his life. John remembers that `Dad told us kids of the many exploits of trench warfare, particularly the muddy and wet trenches. He mentioned once being caught up with barbed wire with coffee in one hand and bacon in the other, fortunately someone extricated him before he was shot.'

Jack McKenzie received a medal for "bravery in the field". Because of his many wounds, Jack McKenzie's heart was affected and he later received a disability pension.

This account was provided by John MacKenzie, son of Jack McKenzie.

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