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Colin Roger MacKenzie


Stoker Petty Officer, 21351, RCN


Lieutenant-Commander (Shore Patrol), O-44590, RCNVR


Lieutenant-Commander (Shore Patrol), O-44590, RCN(R)


Born: 06 Jul 1908, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland


Died: 25 Mar 1985, Truro, Nova Scotia


MacKENZIE, Colin Roger - 77, Clifton Nova Scotia, died March 25th 1985 in Colchester Hospital, Truro Nova Scotia. Funeral was held Wednesday 27 March at Mattatall Funeral Home, Truro, Rev. Clair MacLeod officiating. Internment will be at the Robie Street Cemetery, Truro. Colin was a retired shoemaker and had served with the Royal Canadian Navy. Colin was born in Auchinleck, Scotland to Colin MacKenzie and Elizabeth (Rodger) MacKenzie. Colin Emigrated to Canada in 1930 from Paisley Scotland arriving in Halifax on board the S.S. Andania. Prior to emigration he had served with the Gordon Highlanders in India. Colin Married Elizabeth Butts in Dartmouth Nova Scotia in 1934 giving his occupation as a Stoker on board the HMCS SAGUENAY. On 28 June 1943 during the Second World War he was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant. He was assigned to the Naval Shore Patrol in Halifax becoming an acting Lieutenant Commander on 15 Feb 1944. Colin was present during the Halifax VE Riot and gave testimony during the Kellock Inquiry into the Halifax Disturbances. He is survived by Bruce MacKenzie, son of his first marriage; grandson Gregory Bruce; granddaughter Allison Karen, his second wife, Pansy (Chapman) MacKenzie; two sons, Ian, Clifton; Malcolm, Greenfield, Kings County; three grandchildren.






(CM00a) Passport photo for Colin MacKenzie c1930

(CM00b) Marriage announcement for Colin and Elizabeth (née Butts) MacKenzie

(CM00c) Obituary for Colin MacKenzie

(CM00d) Documents from the Service File of Colin MacKenzie



Ships served:

* Enlisted in the RCN 01 Sep 1933

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in SAGUENAY in 1934 as a Stoker

* Engagement complete Mar 1936

* Special Service Company RCNVR - Enlisted 21 Sep 1939. Commenced Active Service 21 Sep 1939

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 21 Sep 1939 as a Stoker, RCNVR

* Rated Leading Stoker, RCNVR 22 Sep 1939

HMCS PUGWASH - Drafted to PUGWASH 05 Oct 1939

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 06 Apr 1940

* Transferred to Engine Room Artificer 01 Jul 1940

* Rated Acting Engine Room Artificer, RCNVR 01 Jul 1940

HMCS RIMOUSKI - Drafted to RIMOUSKI 04 Jun 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 15 Jul 1941

HMCS HAMILTON - Drafted to HAMILTON 18 Jul 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 30 Apr 1942

HMCS NONSUCH - Drafted to NONSUCH 13 May 1942

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 10 Oct 1942


HMCS NONSUCH - Drafted to NONSUCH 29 Oct 1942

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 30 Dec 1942

Ships served in as an Officer:

* Promoted to Prob. SLt, RCNVR 15 Feb 1943 (Service File)

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA Add'l 15 Feb 1943

HMCS KINGS - Appointed to KINGS Add'l for Training and Disposal 25 Feb 1943

* Appointed Sub-Lieutenant, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 28 Jun 1943

* Appointed Act Lieutenant, RCNVR 15 Feb 1944

* Transferred to Shore Patrol 01 Feb 1945 as a Lt (SP), RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA Add'l on staff of C. in C. CNA as Com. Staff O. SP for duty on staff of Commander Stadacona as Staff Officer SP Halifax  28 Jun 1943

* Appointed Acting Lieutenant-Commander (SP) 22 Oct 1945

* 08 Mar 1946 - Add'l for Demobilization as a Lt (SP)

* 09 Mar 1946 - Add'l for Leave as a Lt (SP)

* 11 Mar 1946 - Add'l for Discharge as a Lt (SP)

* Appointed A/LCdr (SP) 11 Mar 1946 - Retain rank in appointment to RCN(R)

* Discharged 11 Mar 1946 Appointment Terminated "Demobilized"

* Placed on Retired List as a LCdr (SP), RCN(R). Transferred with seniority 12 Mar 1946

HMCS SCOTIAN (Retired List) as a LCdr (SP), RCN(R)

* Honourably Released 22 Sep 1953









(CM01) Colin MacKenzie on HMCS SAGUENAY

(CM02) Colin MacKenzie on HMCS SAGUENAY //  back of photo

(CM03) Unknown sailors on unknown ship

(CM04) Unknown sailors by depth charge rails on unknown ship

(CM05) PO Colin MacKenzie in Edmonton, Alberta





(CM06) 1943 Class at HMCS Kings - Colin Roger MacKenzie is in the front row second from the right.

(CM07) A/LCdr Colin MacKenzie - Jun 1944



Lt Colin MacKenzie's testimony at the inquiry into the Halifax V.E. Day Riots


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