James Wesley MacKenzie

Palestine Police, but not ADRIC

1894 May 22. Born Belfast

1912 Jul 28. Commissioned Lt in Cadet Corps at school

1914 Sep 3. Medical Student at Cambridge when he enlists in Royal Fusiliers

1914 Nov 27 The undermentioned Cadets and ex-Cadets of the Officers Training Corps to be temporary Second Lieutenants. James Wesley Mackenzie

1915 May To France with 9th Royal Fusiliers

1915 Acting Lt.

1915 Oct 2. Wounded in Action at Loos. Invalided to England and posted to 14th Reserve Battalion as Assistant Adjutant

1916 Posted back to France

1916 Jul 7. Wounded at Ovillers on the Somme. Gunshot Wound to right femur, wounds healed with 1.25" shortening. He claims he can walk 6 miles. He was with 9th Royal Fusiliers, 36th Brigade, 12th Division

1916 Aug 115, arrives back in UK

1917 Feb 1. Royal Fusiliers. Temp. Lt. J. W. Mackenzie, from a. Serv. Bn., to be temp. Lt. (attd.). 25 July 1917, with seniority 1 Feb. 1917

1917 Aug Posted as Assistant Adjutant of 16th Training Reserve Battalion at Bedford

1918 Feb 4. Attached to staff of Area Commandant, Folkestone.

1919 Aug 28. Dept. Asst. Administrators Cl. GG.—Temp. Lt. J. W. Mackenzie, Serv. Bn. R. Fus.

1920 Aug 24. Dep. Asst. Administrators, Cl. GG. — Temp. Lt. J. W. Mackenzie, Serv. Battalion., R. Fus. Relinquishes DAA appointment

1920 Aug 25 Demobilised in Egypt for service with the Palestine Government

1920 Oct 23. Writes to Army requesting to be put on Reserve of Officers. He writes his letter from Government House, Jerusalem. He signs himself as ADPS in Palestine Government and says he is a commissioned officer in Palestine Police.

1920 Oct 23. He writes another letter from Jerusalem asking that his retired rank be upgraded from Lt to Capt. He points out that he had "severe wounds in action"

1922 Apr 15. Assistant Police Superintendent who was drowned on duty; St Antonys College has papers relating to the death of the Palestine Policeman, Captain J. Mackenzie who drowned in the River Jordan whilst trying to rescue his Arab college consisting of photocopies of letters to Mrs Mackenzie offering condolences, pictures of his grave and memorial and biographical notes on Sir Herbert Samuel and Joan Watson.






Palestine Police