John Cameron Mackenzie was born
in Tongue in 1895 the youngest son of John and Mary Mackay of “Lubinvullin”,
Talmine, Lairg, Sutherlandshire. He was employed in Melness as a joiner, until
he enlisted into the Royal Engineers at the outbreak of the First World War in
Engineers were involved in the construction of the front line trenches in
France and the building of dug outs for the troops to shelter in. Sappers from
the Royal Engineers also laid barbed wire in no mans land, dug tunnels so that
mines could be laid under the German trenches and exploded.
front the Royal Engineers repaired roads, buildings and were responsible for
the maintenance of the camps and billets used by the front line units who came
out of the line for a rest. The Field units were also required to help with the
movement of stores and equipment from the UK, which arrived in the French docks
and then on to the front by train.
Sapper John Mackenzie was killed in action close to the Belgian/ French Border on the
12 of November 1915; he was twenty years old. He had three
brothers who also served in the war; John Angus and George served in the Scots Guards
and Hugh in the Army Service Corps. John Angus was killed in action and his story
appears on this website, the two other brothers returned home to Melness.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL EDINBURGH CASTLE
Mackenzie J.C. (b) Tongue
Sutherlandshire. Sapper 65486. Killed in Action 12-11-15.
126 Field Company Royal Engineers.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Mackenzie. Sapper. John Cameron. 65486. 126
Field Company Royal Engineers.
12 November 1915. Age 20. Son of John
and Mary Mackenzie of “Lubinvullin” Talmine, Lairg, Sutherland. Plot A. Grave 1.
Sapper John Cameron Mackenzie 65486, 126
Field Company Royal Engineers is buried in War Grave at LE BIZET CEMETERY,