Albert Dies

As the WW1 was ending, the World experienced the worst 'flu epidemic of modern times which killed nearly 20 million people

Albert McKenzie was still recovering from his wounds at Chatham Naval Hospital when he caught the 'flu; he developed pneumonia and died on 3rd November 1918 just 10 days after his 20th Birthday

His body was taken from Chatham back to London for the funeral service at St Mark's Church, Coburg Road, London SE (above). After the service Albert was buried in Camberwell Old Cemetery.

Map of Camberwell Cemetery

The plot for his grave was donated by the local council '... in consideration of the gallant services rendered to his King and Country by Seaman McKenzie VC son of Eliza'.

Capt Carpenter VC of the Vindictive was present at his funeral and the following message from the King and Queen was read to the mourners; 

Capt Carpenter added his own tribute to Albert's mother; 'The splendid example which your boy set at Zeebrugge will be accorded a high place of honour in the naval records of the British Empire' 

A headstone was placed on his grave on 4 October 1919 unveiled by the Mayor of Southwark with the words; 'Albert McKenzie died nobly; we perpetuate his name; God bless him!'.

The headstone bears Victoria Cross emblem with the words 'For Valour' the only alteration or addition allowed to an official war grave

War Graves Commission web site, showing location of Albert's grave

The Imperial War Museum's records show that '... he was the youngest of a large and patriotic family several of whom bore arms in the war another of them laying down his life. He was the most distinguished member of what was known in South London as the 'St Mark's Little Army' being the 4286 men from the parish of St Mark's Camberwell who joined the Forces; it gained 81 War Honours and 518 members laid down their lives.