William Mackenzie, 23 Borve
Lance Corporal WILLIAM MACKENZIE
Last address in Lewis: 23 Borve,
Son of Malcolm and Bella Macdonald McKenzie, of 23, Borve, Barvas, Stornoway.
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 7283
Enlisted at Stornoway
Date of death: 9 June 1915 at the age of 19
Killed in action in Ypres
Interred: Bard Cottage Cemetery, grave VI. C. 13
Mentioned on family gravestone in Barvas Cemetery, Lewis
Local memorial: North Lewis, Borve; Nicolson Institute WW1, middle panel
William appears in the 1901 census, aged 5, living at 65 (?) Borve with his parents Malcolm (31) and Bella (33) as well as siblings Bella (4), John (2) and Chirsty Ann (9 months).
His uncle Peter, brother of his father Malcolm, was lost in Mesopotamia in 1916, serving with the RNR.
Battalion war diary
There is no distinct diary entry for 9 June 1915, other than to say the weather was thundery. The battalion is at VLAMERTINGHE Castle. west of Ypres.