McKenzie, G

  • Name on memorial: McKenzie, G
  • Memorial panel: Right
  • Full name: Gordon McKenzie
  • Rank: Private
  • Service details: 14208710, 1st Bn., East Surrey Regiment
  • Age at death: unknown
  • Date of death: 25/11/1942
  • Birth place: unknown
  • Parents: unknown
  • Mother's maiden name: unknown
  • Parents' marriage details: unknown
  • Wife: unknown
  • Wife's maiden name: unknown
  • Marriage details: unknown
  • Additional information:
    Source: QueensRoyalSurreys.Org.Uk
    The 1st Battalion was in 11 Brigade of 78 Division with the 2nd Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers and the 5th Bn The Northhamptonshire Regiment. 1 Surreys sailed from the River Clyde on 27th October 1942 as part of Operation Torch, and landed on beaches west of Algiers on the night of 7/8 November. The 78th Division was a war-formed Division which was raised in Scotland in preparation for the North African Expedition, and landed with "Blade Force" at Algiers on 8th November, 1942. The Division had its first main clash with the enemy at Tebourba. As part of the First Army the Division saw much hard fighting, holding the line along the borders of Algeria and Tunisia during the winter of 1942-43, clinging on to Medjez el Bab, and the fierce fighting at Fort MacGregor and Long Stop Hill. It took part in the final operations in Tunisia culminating in the surrender of the Axis forces at Cap Bon. Landing in Sicily on 25th July, 1943, the Division fought at Cantanuova, Adrano, Bronte, and Randazzo.

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