James Mackenzie VC


Private James MacKenzie was born in Dumfries in Scotland in 1889. He joined the army in 1912 - enlisting in the Scots Guards. On the 19th of December 1914 at Rouges Blancs in France, James risked his life to rescue a severely wounded comrade, when all other attempts by stretcher bearers had failed. He was killed later that same day while attempting a similar rescue. He has no known grave but is listed on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing near Ypres in Belgium.

For his bravery, James was awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest military honour for gallantry that can be awarded to members of the Commonwealth forces. His Victoria Cross is displayed in the Guards Museum in London.