Roll of Honour

Lieutenant

Murdo John Mackenzie

Alumnus

Murdo John Mackenzie, the son of Murdo and Mary Mackenzie, was born in 1884 in Lochcarron, Ross Shire. His father was an estate carpenter, and died when he was quite young. In 1903 he enrolled at the University to study Medicine and took classes in Zoology, Chemistry and Junior Anatomy. This was his only year at the university.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

He served in the Royal Field Artillery, and was already a Sergeant, when, on 8th October 1914, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

He was killed on the 28th June 1915, during what is now known as the Battle of Gully Ravine in the Dardanelles, and is buried at Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery on the Gallipoli peninsula.

His headstone caption reads: “Deeply Mourned by his Sorrowing Mother: Faithful Unto Death"

The Gallipoli campaign was an, ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to open up a new front against Ottoman Turkey in a war which was seen as stalemate on the Western Front. It is now mostly remembered as being the first action undertaken by troops from the dominions of Australia and New Zealand. The initial landings left the British Empire and French Allied troops hemmed in on a small area of low ground around the landing beaches and the battle of Gully Ravine was a generally unsuccessful attempt by the Allies to force their way inland.

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Records of the University of Glasgow Registry

Burial Place:Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register