Private MALCOLM MACKENZIE
Calum Alick Bhig
Last address in Lewis: 1 Aird Uig,
Son of Alexander and Mary MacKenzie, of 1, Aird Uig, Miavaig, Stornoway, Lewis
Husband of Sarah Anderson-McKenzie of Glasgow, father of George and Alick.
Malcolm was a mason
Service unit: 23rd company Machine Gun Corps
Service number: 60804
Formerly 14958 Seaforth Highlanders
Enlisted at Glasgow
Date of birth: 1883
Date of death: 14 March 1917 at the age of 36
Killed in action
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 5C and 12C,
Local memorial: Uig, Timsgarry
Malcolm was one of the 11 children of Alexander and Mary, the others being Alexander (1872), Anne (1876), Catherine (1880), Christina, Donald Angus (1894, died aged 5 months), James (1886), John (1878), Margaret, Murdo (1891) and Murdo (1873).
Malcolm's family emigrated to Newcarnie, Western Australia, after the war.
Official intimation has been received that Pte
Malcolm Mackenzie, formerly of Aird Uig and latterly residing in
Glasgow, was killed in France on 14th March. He leaves a widow and two
children, for whom, as well as for the other relatives, much sympathy is
felt. The Corporal of Pte Mackenzie’s platoon, writing the widow, says:
“Malcolm, another man and I went to the headquarters to draw rations,
and while there, a shell came over, killing Malcolm and wounding four
others. He fell at my feet with a piece of shell in the neck. He put out
his hand to me and I took it and said good-bye. Your husband was a
brave, good, honest and willing and good-hearted man, and through his
death I have lost a good friend and the best and bravest man in my team.
Poor old ‘Mac’, as we used to call him, had only one wish, and that was
to get at the Germans in the open with rifle and bayonet. He died five
minutes after he was hit”.