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Donald Mackenzie

Donald Mackenzie

Donald (1884-1935) was a son of Murdo Mackenzie and Mary Maclennan, 28 Gravir. After his mother's death the family moved to 4 Gravir. He worked as a pupil teacher before emigrating to Canada in 1909 where he joined the Union Bank of Canada in Haileybury, Ontario. On promotion to Accountant, he was transferred to the Winnipeg, Manitoba branch where he remained until 1916, when he was requested by the directors of the bank to enlist for service in France. Staff were granted special leave of absence, entitling them to an allowance of $50 per month, less deductions for the Officers' Pension Fund.

Donald became a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force which sailed for France in March 1917, and he was wounded after six months' service. He was discharged as medically unfit and rejoined the bank in Winnipeg in 1920. His injuries made it difficult for him to perform his duties at the bank and he left with the blessing of the directors in 1925. He moved to Vancouver to train as a wireless operator with the intention of joining the Merchant Service. However his injuries and war time experience had led to a deterioriation in his health and he returned home to Lewis on 20 May 1926. He died at the family home in Gravir in 1935 aged 51.

 

Title: Donald Mackenzie
Record Type: People
Date of Birth: 1884
Date of Death: 15-09-1935
Occupation: Teacher; Accountant
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEP 121
Record Maintained By: CEP
Subject Id: 1352