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McKenzie VC building opens in Portsmouth

In September 2004 the Royal Navy kindly invited Colin and Nick McKenzie to be their guests of honour

at the opening of the new "McKenzie VC" accommodation block at 'HMS Excellent' Whale Island, Portsmouth, home to the Navy Command Headquarters

Colin McKenzie addressed the assembled guests and then planted a tree

Imperial War Museum medal collection visit

Nick and Colin McKenzie were the first people to view Albert's medal after its arrival at the Imperial War Museum in December 1999

The curator of medals kindly arranged for them to have a private viewing and allowed them to hold the medal


Albert's VC loaned to War Museum

Following his death in 1918 Albert's VC passed to his mother and then to his eldest brother Donald (below) who had emigrated to the USA

It then passed down two generations to his great nephew Don McKenzie

who asked his sister Victoria (above) and her husband Francis to deliver it to the British Embassy in Washington 

Visit to Zeebrugge in October 1999

Colin McKenzie's family visited Belgium in October 1999 and took photopgraphs of the Mole in Zeebrugge harbour

 before partial demolition started


and of the HMS Vindictive memorial in Ostend. A young Nick McKenzie is standing in front of the anchor. 

Speaking to a Raid survivor

In 1994 Colin McKenzie traced one of the last living survivors of the Raid and visited him in an old folks home near Guildford

Alfred Hutchinson then approaching his 100th birthday was still lively and alert and gave a fascinating account of the Raid. Alfred describes:

Memorial Fund at Houses of Parliament

On Thursday 10th July 2012 Simon Hughes MP invited the organisers of the Albert McKenzie Memorial fund-raising committee and other guests to attend a presentation at the Houses of Parliament. 



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