Text of original 1993 web site

Albert McKenzie VC and The Raid on Zeebrugge 23rd April 1918

Original 1993 web site text, edited January 2013



The Port of Zeebrugge


HM The Queen at Westminster Abbey

In May 2003 Tessa and Colin McKenzie were invited to Westminster Abbey for a Service of Dedication of The Victoria Cross and George Cross Memorial. The Service was followed by a reception hosted by HM The Queen in Westminster Hall. The guests incuded all the surviving holders of the Victora Cross and two family representatives from each of the other VC holders.



Belgian TV film on Albert McKenzie

In November 2009 Colin McKenzie was invited to take part in a Belgian Television documentary about Albert McKenzie and the Raid on Zeebrugge

Filming started in Dover and continued on board a Belgian Navy vessel whilst crossing the channel to Zeebrugge

Housing block named after Albert


In April 2010 a new housing development in Spa Road Bermondsey was named after Albert McKenzie. The name was selected by local residents to celebrate their local war hero. The opening event was attended by Albert's great great nephew Nick McKenzie as guest of honour.


Albert McKenzie Memorial fund launch

In April 2010 the Decima Street Boys Club in Bermondsey held an event to raise funds for the an Albert McKenzie memorial statue 

which is to be erected on Tower Bridge Road. The event was sponsored by Simon Hughes MP who addressed the audience followed by the chief fund raiser Paul Keefe and guest of honour Colin McKenzie

Sound recording of Colin's speech:


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. 


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