Saturday, 9 January 2016

Wanted: Relatives in New Zealand of Chaplain James Alexander McKenzie

Rev. James Alexander McKenzie was with the Rifle Brigade at the Western Front. He was during some time also in Northern France. He died in Palmerston North in 1946.
The picture is dated 1937.

during the war his next of kin was his sister E.P. Binns from Feilding. he commenced duty on 09/06/1915 and was finally discharged 27/05/1919.

After the war he stayed in contact with the people of a small village and was even sending some money from time to time to help the poor people in the devastated area.
We are searching for relatives of this exceptional man because this year we want to commemorate his work.

If you can help please contact us.


  1. The Probate documents for James Alexander McKenzie can be found here...

    1. From the Presbyterian archives: McKENZIE, Rev James Alexander
      b 20.11.1866 Bulls
      He joined the staff of BNZ & rose to a position of responsibility; he felt Call to min,& entered HM serv at Apiti.
      HM Apiti WgP 1905
      He had already served Ashburton Outfields 1900; Kiwitea
      WgP 1902-4, before being accepted officially.
      Shannon MnP 1909; Ord Shannon 26.4.1911 res -
      WW1 - war serv fr 9.6.1915 to 27.5.1919
      Petone WnP 4.12.1919 ret 31.8.1924
      Plimmerton WnP 31.12.1924 ret 19.11.1931
      In ret he offered help to Maori Miss & assisted at Taupo fr 1.1935; he made himself
      almost indispensable.
      Uncle of Rev D.N. McKenzie; Uncle of Mrs W.R. Hutchison.
      Died 7.12.1947

      The nephew referred to above:McKENZIE, Rev Duncan Norman
      b 16.4.1879 Carnarvon, Manawatu; w Sarah A. b 30.1.1886 m 7.3.1912
      Hall 1909-11
      Ord Normanby TkP 13.3.1912
      Paterangi WkP 28.8.1913
      Mt Ida COP 25.7.1923
      Wallacetown SP 12.8.1926
      West Taieri DnP 19.11.1931 ret 30.6.1944
      After Wanganui Coll he farmed with his Father at Bulls. He felt the Call to min & entered
      OU, then Hall; he is nephew of Rev J.A. McKanzie; foundation memb of Westminster
      Died 4.8.1962 Dn

      There is a name and address here for the nephew's son