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Private James MacKenzie V.C. New Memorial

 
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:56 am    Post subject: Private James MacKenzie V.C. New Memorial Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-30538462
19 December 2014
Dumfries Victoria Cross recipient James Mackenzie honoured

A special ceremony has taken place in Dumfries for the first soldier from the region to receive the Victoria Cross during World War One.
A commemorative paving stone was unveiled and wreaths laid in memory of Pte James Mackenzie.
Relatives and representatives of the British Legion and Scots Guards Association were at the event.
Pte Mackenzie was the first of five servicemen from Dumfries and Galloway awarded the VC during World War One.
It is planned to honour all of them with commemorative paving stones between now and November 2018.
Mackenzie, who went to school in Dumfries, enlisted in the Scots Guards in February 1912.
He was sent to France in October 1914 as a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards.
Two months later, he rescued a severely wounded man from in front of German trenches after a stretcher party had been forced to abandon their attempt while under heavy fire.
Later the same day, Pte Mackenzie was shot dead by an enemy sniper while attempting a similar act.
He was subsequently awarded the VC for conspicuous gallantry.

Relatives of Pte James Mackenzie were among those who laid wreaths at the ceremony.
His great-nieces, Rhona Wilson and Evelyn Henderson, took part in the ceremony.
Ms Wilson said: "We have been brought up with the story of our great uncle all our lives.
"Both of our fathers were incredibly proud that they had an uncle who won the Victoria Cross and we are so proud that this is happening now."
His nephew, John Eckford Hutchinson, 83, said he was "very, very proud" to be at the ceremony at Maxwelltown War Memorial.
"His body was never recovered. What I want to do now is go out there to the border of France and Belgium, where he died. That would be the end of the jigsaw."

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James MacKenzie, Victoria Cross age 27 Private (8185) 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
James was educated at Laurieknowe School, Maxwelltown and joined the Scots Guards in February 1912. He was awarded the V.C. "For conspicuous bravery at Rouges Bancs on the 19th Dec., in rescuing a severely wounded man from in front of the German trenches ...
Born 1884 in West Glen, New Abbey, Kirkcudbrightshire. Son of Alexander and Marion (Millar) MacKenzie of 22 Terregles Street, Maxwelltown.
Killed in Action 19 December 1914.
Commonwealth War Grave Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





I'm guessing that the panel with the "chuckies" is in readiness for the stone for Lt. James Tait V.C., M.C. 78th Bn. CEF Killed 11 August 1918.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For reference this memorial (and all the other VC stones) will not be appearing on the War Memorials Register (formally UKNIWM).

This is because under the National Definition of a War Memorial these stones are not considered to be War Memorials, because they are deemed to be mass produced memorials, on a par with Roll of Honour Books such as Zetland (Shetland) which were produced in quantity.

I would note that I unsuccesfully appealed the decision on the grounds that (a) there is only one of each stone (b) Locally for each man they would commonly be considered as war memorials.

The national decision does not stop people, including me, and this forum, treating them locally as memorials, but they cannot be listed nationally as such. Ultimately that would mean that in future they would be ineligible for funding for restoration by the War Memorials Trust or similar bodies.
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