14 & 15 - RECORDS OF THE MEN OF LOCHBROOM
PTE. JAMES MACKENZIE and PTE. WILLIAM MACKENZIE,
PRIVATE WILLIAM MACKENZIE
|Enlisted in the Scots Guards
|Upon transfer to Reserve joined the Metropolitan Police.
||August, 1914. |
Some readers of these pages may remember one of the white-haired patriarchs of the crofter families of the Big Strath – John Rorie Mackenzie.
He and Kenneth Mackenzie – Buie – were the two stone masons resident at Achlunachan who, up to the year 1885 or thereabouts, built all the stone dykes on the Braemore Estate.
John Rorie Mackenzie had two grandsons who fell in the War – William Mackenzie, who was brought up at Achlunachan and for many years attended the Lochbroom Sabbath School, is known to have served in the War and to have died in Hospital; and it is also known that his cousin, James Mackenzie, was killed in action in Gallipoli, May 1915.
Both these lads left Lochbroom about twenty years ago and have no relatives left in the Parish, so that but few particulars are obtainable of the date or place of their death.
“Draw near my friends; and let your thoughts be high;
Great hearts are glad when it is time to give
Life is no life to him that dares not die,
And death no death to him that dares to live.”