John Mackenzie, 8 Breaclet, Great Bernera
Seaman JOHN MACKENZIE
Last address in Lewis: 8 Breaclet, Great Bernera
Son of Malcolm and Annie Mackenzie, of 8, Breaclete, Bernera;
Husband of Mary Macdonald Mackenzie
Father of Catherine.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Victory
Service number: 2038C
Date of birth: 15 March 1879
Date of death: 1 January 1919 at the age of 38
Drowned in sinking of HMY Iolaire, was never found
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26
Local memorial: Great Bernera
John is one of the seven children out of the second marriage of his father Malcolm, the others being Angus (1873), Ann (1876), Annie (1867), Donald (1880), John (1884), Mary (1884) and unknown (1887).
Malcolm's first wife, Annie Morrison died in childbirth, with the child itself dying 4 months later.
John married Mary in January 1913, with Catherine born 11 months later.
His younger brother John served in the Seaforth Highlanders and survived the war.