Sinclair Hugh Mackenzie was the second son of John and
Henrietta Mackenzie, “Woodlands,” Lairg, Sutherland. He was married to Maggie
Jesse nee Macdonald from Innistillich, Glenurquhart and lived at Corrykinloch
near Lairg. The Duke of Sutherland employed Sinclair alongside his father, at
Corrykinloch and Dunrobin Castle as gamekeepers. In 1911 Census Sinclair is listed as head of household along with his widowed mother, brother James and sister Helen.
outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, Sinclair was called up by his
unit the 1 Battalion, Lovat Scouts, Highland Mounted Brigade. In
September 1915 he sailed with his battalion to Gallipoli, landing at Suvla Bay
on the night of the 26 and 27of September. (See also
Lance Corporal Donald Mackay, Melness.)
At the beginning of October the Lovat
Scouts were moved forward into the front line trenches, two hundred yards from
the Turks. The Scouts now began to attack the enemy, patrolling at night and
launching sniper attacks during the day, the men from the Highlands using all
their deadly stalking skills to kill their enemies.
Conditions in Gallipoli were horrendous;
there was always a lack of water due to the terrible re-supply system. The
whole beachhead was under constant Turkish observation, shells raining down on
to the beaches day and night as the Turkish infantry launched fanatical frontal
attacks on the British lines.
Private Sinclair Mackenzie was severely
wounded at Suvla Bay and taken by stretcher- bearer to the field hospital. He
was evacuated from the field hospital to a hospital ship, where he died from
his wounds and was buried at sea on the 27 of October 1915, aged
thirty- five years.
He was the first member of the Mackenzie
from Lairg to be killed in the war, the stories of the other family members
James, Joseph and Isabella . There is a
headstone in Melness cemetery that bears the name of Sinclair Hugh Mackenzie,
erected by his family in 1916.
He was survived by his wife Jessie, who had
moved to live at Number 1 Dunedin Street in Edinburgh and gave birth to a baby
on 5 of March 1916.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL EDINBURGH CASTLE
5179 Private Sinclair H
Mackenzie. Died of wounds at sea. 27-10-15.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Mackenzie Private, Sinclair H 5179. Lovats Scouts 27
October 1915. Husband of Margaret Jessie Mackenzie 1,Dunedin Street, Edinburgh.
Private Sinclair Hugh Mackenzie 1
Battalion, Lovat Scouts, has no known grave and is remembered on the HELLES
MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI PENINSULA, TURKEY. His name appears on both Melness and
Lairg War Memorials.
E Squadron Lovat Scouts
L/Cpl Mackenzie Back row 7th from the Left