Private John Linton McKenzie


John Linton McKenzie was born on 31 December 1898 at Windy Hall, Coleraine, County Londonderry, the eleventh of twelve children of farmer Andrew McKenzie and his wife Matilda (nee Hunter). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Windy Hall with his parents and six siblings.

McKenzie enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 6 December 1915 (No.2018 – later Corps of Hussars No.71673). In 1916 or early 1917 he embarked for France, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st or 2nd North Irish Horse Regiments.

In April 1917 McKenzie was injured. (One report states he was wounded, but neither regiment was near the lines at the time.) While being treated for the injury he contracted blood poisoning and pneumonia, and was evacuated to the UK, where he was admitted to a London hospital.

It is not known whether he saw any further service overseas.

On 11 March 1919 McKenzie was discharged, being "surplus to military requirements, having suffered impairment since entry into the service" (Paragraph 392 xvi(a), King's Regulations). For a time he received a partial military pension due to deafness in his right ear.

After the war McKenzie returned to farming at Windy Hall. In 1931 he emigrated to Canada. On 16 February 1933 he married Alice Ellen Sully in Hamilton, Ontario.



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