Lest we forget
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Postby kiwi » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:57 pm

b. 23/10/1898 Bermondsey, London. d. 03/11/1918 Chatham, Kent.
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Albert McKenzie, VC, WW1.
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Albert McKenzie was a 19-year-old able seaman in the Royal Navy during the First World War who was taking part in the Zeebrugge Raid when he performed the deed for which he was awarded the VC.
On 22/23 April 1918 at Zeebrugge, Belgium, Able Seaman McKenzie was a member of a storming party on the night of the operation. He landed with his machine-gun in the face of great difficulties, advancing down the Mole with his commanding officer (Arthur Leyland Harrison) who with most of his party was killed. The seaman accounted for several of the enemy running for shelter to a destroyer alongside the Mole, and was severely wounded whilst working his gun in an exposed position.

He was presented with his VC by King George V at Buckingham Palace, and after almost recovering from his wounds he died of influenza during the world flu pandemic in October 1918.
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Postby kiwi » Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:14 pm

It is fitting that we find a moment to remember those who fought and lost their lives to protect their country
Albert McKenzie was chosen by his shipmates to be awarded the Victoria Cross following the Raid on Zeebrugge in April 1918 Albert was born in Alice Street just off London Bridge Road in October 1898.
A memorial to a local hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the Zeebrugge raid of 1918 has been unveiled in Tower Bridge Road.
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Served on board HMS Vindictive.

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