Albert Edward McKenzie
|Albert Edward McKenzie|
HMS Vindictive's damaged superstructure following the Zeebrugge Raid
|Born||23 October 1898
|Died||3 November 1918 (aged 20)
Chatham Naval Hospital, Kent
|Buried at||Camberwell Old Cemetery|
|Years of service||1913 - 1918|
|Battles/wars||World War I †|
Albert Edward McKenzie VC (23 October 1898 – 3 November 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 22/23 April 1918 at Zeebrugge, Belgium, Able Seaman McKenzie was a member of a storming party on the night of the operation. He landed with his machine-gun in the face of great difficulties, advancing down the Mole with his commanding officer (Arthur Leyland Harrison) who with most of his party was killed. The seaman accounted for several of the enemy running for shelter to a destroyer alongside the Mole, and was severely wounded whilst working his gun in an exposed position. He was presented with his VC by King George V at Buckingham Palace, and after almost recovering from his wounds he died of influenza during the world flu pandemic in October 1918. He is buried in Camberwell Old Cemetery, South London 
His Victoria Cross is still owned by the McKenzie family and is on loan to the Imperial War Museum in London.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Naval VCs (Stephen Snelling, 2002)
- The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids 1918 (Deborah Lake)