James MacKenzie (02/04/1889 – 19/12/1914) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the 19th of December 1914 at Rouges Blancs, France.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29074, Page: 1700 reads:
“8185 Private James Mackenzie, late 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
For conspicuous bravery at Rouges’ Blancs on the 19th December, in rescuing a severely wounded man from in front of the German trenches, under a very heavy fire and after a stretcher-bearer party had been compelled to abandon the attempt. Private Mackenzie was subsequently killed on that day whilst in the performance of a similar act of gallant conduct.”
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing. in Belgium, Panel 1.
© DRW 2017. Created 01/05/2017. Image courtesy of Mark Green. Gallaher cigarette card reproduction by Card Promotions © 2003, first issued 1915.