Private Charles McKenzie – Killed In Action. Gallipoli

Private Charles McKenzie

Service Number: 357

14th Australian Infantry Battalion

Australian Imperial Force, First World War 1914-1918

Born in 1894, at Axedale, Victoria Australia

Parents: William and Mary McKenzie

Enlisted at Melbourne

Next of Kin: Mary McKenzie, Chillingollah, Victoria, Australia

Died aged 21, on 8 August 1915 at Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey. Killed in Action.

Cemetery or Memorial Details: Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Cannakale Province, Turkey


The following form was sent to Private McKenzie’s mother to fill out and return to ensure her son’s name was listed on the Roll of Honour at the Memorial War Museum

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AWM145 Roll of Honour Cards 1914-1918, War, Army

Anzac Day 2017

 The following report of the Anzac Day commemoration service, written by Lorraine Gunn, appeared in the May edition of Axedale Antics

What would we do in Axedale without our volunteers? At around 5.30 to 6am on the morning of Anzac Day, no doubt after a restless night, Phil Hughes woke to a rainy morning with a doubtful weather forecast, and he was the organiser of an outdoor celebration of the most solemn day in the Australian calendar. What were his options?
By 6.30 the troops, members of the Axedale Our Town Our Future committee, were rallying to transfer the celebrations to the Axedale Hall and by 8 am. CFA volunteers had breakfast ready for early arrivals.
A wonderful crowd of more than 200 filled the hall and seamlessly, the event proceeded to mark the 102nd anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.
President of the A.O.T.O.F. committee, Jennifer Jones, gave a speech of welcome and  handed the ceremony over to Phil who conducted the program with dignity and  reverence.
The Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo, Margaret O’Rourke was in attendance together with representatives of parliamentarians, the R.S.L., school captains and Axedale service and sporting clubs, all of whom laid wreaths. Serving and veteran members of the defence forces were given the opportunity to lay a remembrance poppy followed by members of the public who wished to do so.
In addition we were entertained by the Axedale Primary school choir and the Axedale in Harmony Singers as well as a pipe band and a bugler. The choirs led the singing of the national anthem of New Zealand, first in the Maori language and then in English and to conclude the celebrations, Advance Australia Fair was sung by all participants.


Sue Morvell CWA

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