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India General Service Medal 1895

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India General Service Medal 1895, 2 bars, 1914-15 Star Trio, Major K.L.W. Mackenzie, 62nd Punjabis, who died at Ismailia on 28th Nov 1914 “Bringing his beloved Indian Soldiers to help his country in the Great War.”

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India General Service Medal 1895, 2 bars, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, Major K.L.W. Mackenzie, 62nd Punjabis, who died at Ismailia on 28th November 1914.

 

I.G.S. script engraved: “Lieut K.L.W. Mackenzie. 28th Bo: Pioneers”
1914-15 Star impressed: “Major K.L.W. Mac Kenzie”
WW1 Pair impressed: “Major K.L.W. Mackenzie”

 

His obituary in the Army and Navy Gazette 5th December 1914:
“Major Kenneth Lee Warner Mackenzie, 62nd Punjabis, Indian Expeditionary Force, died on the 28th ult. at Ismailia, aged thirty nine years.

 

Major Mackenzie obtained his commission in the Indian Staff Corps in August 1893, and reached the rank of Major in August 1911. He saw service on the North West Frontier of India in 1897-98 in the Mohmand Country and the Tirah Expedition. In the latter he took part in the capture of the Sampagha Pass, the operations at and around Dwatoi and in the Bara Valley, receiving the medal with two clasps.”

 

During January 1906, he was seconded for service with the King’s African Rifles, likely seeing service in Somaliland as he is mentioned in the book, Records of Big Game: with their distribution, characteristics, dimensions, weights, and horn and tusk measurements by Rowland Ward.
The book mentions that he has the Lower Tusks of a Warthog captured in Somaliland and a Pelzeln’s Gazelle, found in Dhero, Somali.

 

A plaque dedicated to him is at St John the Baptist Church, Healaugh, Tadcaster which reads:

 

“In loving memory of Kenneth Lee Warner Mackenzie, Major 62nd Punjabis.

 

Some of whose best and happiest days were spent at Healaugh.

 

Who died Nov 28th 1914 aged 39 years, at Suez on his way to Europe bringing his beloved Indian soldiers to help his country in the Great War.
‘Man knoweth not his time’”