Mackenzie, E F
EDWARD FORBES MACKENZIE
Remembered with honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial: Panel 11.
He was originally attested 28 January 1903 at Watford for six years in the 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment: a photographer, 17y9m, 5’5½” tall; born Leavesden, Herts, next-of-kin his father of Watford. He was discharged 9 February 1903 – under age. He attested again 23 October 1903 in Guildford, Surrey, for 3 years with the Colours, 9 years in the Reserves in the Scottish Rifles, no. 8771: a bookmaker’s assistant aged 18, 5’6½” tall, C of E, next-of-kin his father of Watford. He was appointed Lance-Corporal 12 December 1905, promoted to Corporal 29 February 1908, appointed Lance-Sergeant 14 December 1910, promoted to Sergeant 13 July 1911, and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to the 3rd Battalion Royal Scots 9 October 1914. He re-engaged 8 October 1913 to complete 21 years service. He served at Home 23 October 1903 to 7 September 1911, in Malta 8 September 1911 to 24 September 1914, at Home 25 September 1914 to 3 November 1914, and in France from 4 November 1914. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, but no qualifying date is given; Mrs L C MACKENZIE made application for the 1914 Star medal in respect of the services of her late husband. He was reported missing and presumed killed in action during the attack at Le Petit Bois, Kemmel, and was buried at Wytscheate..
There is an article about Edward in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 17 October 1914.
Son of John Alexander Forbes Stewart and Mary Ann (nee BRIDGE) MACKENZIE; husband of Louisa Catherine (nee FINN) MACKENZIE.
His parents married 8 June 1881 at St Luke’s, Hackney, London. John died 1923 in Watford aged 64, and was buried 16 August in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Mary died 22 October 1937 in Edgware, Middx, aged 75.
Edward was born 1887 in Leavesden, and baptised 14 August 1887 at All Saints, Leavesden. He married 13 May 1912 at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Valetta, Malta; they had two children.
On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 4 he lived in Abbot’s Langley, Herts, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, aged 13 he lived in Leavesden Green, with his mother and no siblings in the household of his grandparents. On the 1911 Census, a Lance-Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles aged 23, he was stationed in East Liss, Hants.
Unit2nd Battalion (Lothian Regiment)
Date of deathon or since 14/12/1914
Age at death28
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)