William Bowen Mackenzie

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Captain William Bowen Mackenzie, Royal Navy, Retired (4 May, 1880 – 15 February, 1930) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

This William B. Mackenzie (denoted as "a" in his Service Record) has been confused at times with William Beveridge Mackenzie (born 1885, and whose Service Record denotes him as "b"), owing to their having the same middle initial and being contemporaries.

Life & Career

Mackenzie was born at 21 Sunderland Terrace in London.

Mackenzie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1902.[1]

Mackenzie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 October, 1910.[2]

Mackenzie was appointed in command of the destroyer Bulldog on 21 November, 1911.[3] An inspection in July of 1912 revealed that the ship's wine bill was excessive and that the men were "untidily dressed & slow."[4]

Great War

Mackenzie was mentioned in despatches for services in connection to the evacuation of Gallipoli, gazetted on on 14 March, 1916. When Bulldog struck a mine on 16 April, and a Court of Enquiry faulted Mackenzie for not having fixed his last position the day before, but credited him for the coolness with which he dealt with the catastrophe. The Vice-Admiral personally suggested that no disciplinary action result, owing to his high esteem for Mackenzie.[5]

Mackenzie was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1916.[6]

On 8 May 1917, he was sent to Haulbowline Hospital for three weeks, suffering from gout.[7]

Some time in 1918, it appears that Mackenzie was cautioned to be more careful after the destroyer H.M.S. Rapid was grounded. His affiliation with that ship is not clear, however.[8]

Mackenzie was appointed in command of the destroyer Acorn on 20 July, 1918.[9] In late July, it was noted that he was to be appropriated to Fifth Destroyer Flotilla "as convenient."[10]

Post-War

On 4 March 1919, Captain (D), Fifth Destroyer Flotilla Chetwode noted that Mackenzie, as captain of Acorn, had proven to be "a sound officer very experienced ought to go to a big ship as 2nd in cmd." However, the powers that be felt the man worked best in small ships and he was appointed to spend most of 1919 in command of three different coastal destroyers.[11]

Following a half year as Naval Transport Officer, Devonport, Mackenzie finally was placed in larger ships, being in Blenheim and Diligence before being placed on the Retired List at his own request after being relieved on 31 October, 1922. He was promoted to the rank of Captain on the Retired List on 4 May, 1925.[12]

Mackenzie died of a heart ailment and cirrhosis of the liver at "Sunbeam" 1930, in Plymouth.[13]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur G. H. Bond
Captain of H.M.S. Zephyr
27 Mar, 1909[14][15] – 10 Jan, 1910[16]
Succeeded by
Eric Q. Carter
Preceded by
Hugh D. Colville
Captain of H.M.S. Brazen
10 Jan, 1910[17][18] – 15 Aug, 1910[19]
Succeeded by
William H. Darwall
Preceded by
William H. Darwall
Captain of H.M.S. Falcon
15 Aug, 1910[20][21] – 21 Mar, 1911[22]
Succeeded by
Charles G. C. Sumner
Preceded by
Robert H. B. Hammond-Chambers
Captain of H.M.S. Cherwell
24 Mar, 1911[23][24] – 21 Nov, 1911[25]
Succeeded by
Henry P. Boxer
Preceded by
Kennedy G. Darracott-Brooke
Captain of H.M.S. Bulldog
21 Nov, 1911[26][27] – 24 Jul, 1916[28]
Succeeded by
Richard E. Hollings
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Sarpedon
7 Aug, 1916[29][30] – 11 Oct, 1917[31]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Preceded by
Lionel G. Dawson
Captain of H.M.S. Salmon
15 Apr, 1918[32] – 24 Jun, 1918[33]
Succeeded by
George C. H. Lawson
Preceded by
George S. Brown
Captain of H.M.S. Acorn
20 Jul, 1918[34] – 20 Mar, 1919[35]
Succeeded by
Ralph Neville
Preceded by
Alexander M. Donovan
Captain of H.M. T.B. 3
20 Mar, 1919[36] – 8 Apr, 1919[37]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Arthur F. Crutchley
Captain of H.M. T.B. 2
8 Apr, 1919[38] – 6 Nov, 1919[39]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George W. F. FitzGeorge
Captain of H.M. T.B. 14
8 Apr, 1919[40] – 6 Nov, 1919[41]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  2. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 287.
  4. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  5. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  6. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  7. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  8. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  9. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 722.
  10. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  11. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  12. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  13. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 398.
  15. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  16. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  17. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 287.
  18. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  19. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  20. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  21. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 312.
  22. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  23. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Mar 23, 1911; pg. 14; Issue 39540.
  24. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  25. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  26. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392m.
  27. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  28. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  29. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 397w.
  30. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  31. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  32. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  33. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  34. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 722.
  35. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  36. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  37. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  38. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  39. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  40. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.
  41. Mackenzie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/248 f. 252.