Mackenzie, Roderick Ian


Second son of Sir Kenneth John Mackenzie and Lady Marjorie Mackenzie (daughter of Viscount Stormont) of Gairloch, Ross-shire. His elder brother, Hector David Mackenzie M.C., also came to Winchester (K 1906-1910). Roderick came to Kingsgate House from Mr. G.T. Worsley’s school at Hillingdon. After he left the College he eventually went on to the RMC Sandhurst, and was gazetted into the Black Watch in October 1914.

He went to France in January 1915, joining the 1st Battalion at Bethune. They received orders to proceed to Cuinchy to fend off an enemy attack, and in the following counter-attack the casualty rate amongst the officers was high.  Mackenzie, with no combat experience, found himself in command of D Company. They held their line through the night and were eventually relieved by another battalion and retired to Annequin.

He fell at Rue du Bois on Sunday April 11th 1915. The war diary suggests that he was hit by shell-fire in the early evening.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Mackenzie
  • Forenames or initials: Roderick Ian
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1909-1911
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Black Watch
  • Date of Birth: 27th May 1895
  • Date of Death: 11th April 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY: Grave II.B.13