MACKENZIE, JAMES ESTON

Birthdate
Birthplace
Sarina, Ontario, Canada
Age
23
Parents
Son of Thomas and Ethelle MacKenzie of Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Religion
Methodist
Occupation
Salesman
Service number
A/50181
Engagement
1940-08-12, Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Overseas
1943-09-14, United Kingdom
Disembarked
1944-07-30, France
Date of death
1944-10-11
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa MG, R.C.I.C.
Cemetery reference
Plot 5 | Row F | Grave 9
Grave Adopted
Unknown

"THERE IS A LINK DEATH CANNOT SEVER, LOVE AND REMEMBRANCE LAST FOR EVER"

Military grave
Additional info

Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal on April 1, 1942.

Promoted to the rank of A/Sergeant on July 16, 1942.

Confirmed rank of Sergeant on May 11, 1943.

Qualified Driver I/C Class 3 on July, 12 1943.

Father served 1915/1919 overseas.

The Cameron Highlanders Of Ottawa war diary reports on October 11, 1944:
051980 (Balgerhoeke, Maldegem, Belgium)
Weather fine.

6 Platoon moved forward and spent the night at 275067 (Nieuw Westenrijkdijk, Terneuzen, Netherlands, near the bridge Terneuzen/ Sluiskil across the canal Terneuzen/Gent). The Platoon moved again at 1000 hrs to Terneuzen, Netherlands 246114 (Herbert H. Dowweg, these days the DOW plant), where they loaded onto Alligators. Sergeant Campbell received a shot wound in hip and was evacuated at 0600 hrs. 7 Platoon moved forward with North Shore Regiment, loaded onto Alligators and proceeded across and landed on the bridge-head. As soon as possible they were off the beach and took up a position with the North Shore at 186129 (Paspoortdreef/ Nummer Zevenweg, Biervliet, Netherlands). 8 Platoon moved at 1000 hrs joining Coy H.Q. and moved with 8 Brigade H.Q. and loaded into Alligators landing at the beach head. From there they proceeded along the dyke (Scheldedijk) where 6-8 Platoons and Company H.Q. spent the night 186149 (Scheldedijk/ Dijkenputten, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands). While here, 8 Platoon lost one Carrier from a direct hit and one with differential burnt out on the beach.

 

* 2 different sources report 2 different temporary burials. On the back of the photo (below) was written that MacKenzie was buried next to Denny La Barre, churchyard Biervliet, Netherlands. The service records however reported MacKenzie was buried at Paulina, Netherlands together with members of the Highland Light Infantry. Since both Brigades were active in the area it's hard to tell which is right.