MacKENZIE, Seaforth Simpson
(Service number N/N)

First Rank Major Last Rank


Date 9 April 1883 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 16 March 1915 Age 31 years
Address at Enlistment Middle Brighton, Victoria
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Joyce MacKenzie (wife), "Naglyn", Wallace Grove, Middle Brighton; Mrs J. MacKenzie, "Truro", Roslyn Street, Middle Brighton, Victoria
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Force Served in Navy & Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Army Medical Corps
Date 17 March 1915
Transport Morinda
Embarked From Sydney, Australia Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 20 October 1955 Age 72 years
Place of Death Australia
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Seaforth Simpson Mackenzie was born on 9 April 1883 at Timaru, the son of Eneas (Aeneas) and Jeanie Hogg (née Purvis) Mackenzie. He was educated at Timaru Main School and High School. In 1905 he was a solicitor in Wellington. He married Joyce Delbridge on 4 May 1912 at the Presbyterian Manse, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. When Joyce petitioned for divorce in 1937, they had five children living (3 sons and 2 daughters).

Lieutenant-Colonel Seaforth Simpson joined the A.N. & M.E.F. of the Australian Imperial Force on 16 March 1915. He had served in the Cadet Corps. His nominated next-of-kin was his wife – Joyce MacKenzie, “Maglyn”, Wallace Grove, Middle Brighton, Victoria, and “Truro”, Roslyn Street, Middle Brighton.

MacKenzie appeared in court in 1936, facing major charges. He was released from prison in 1940. He married secondly, Mary Elizabeth Hanna in 1944. Seaforth Simpson MacKenzie died on 20 October 1955, aged 72 years, survived by his second wife and his five children of his first marriage.

More detail in Cenotaph Database. Refer to Australian Dictionary of Biography.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 March 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs); School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [15 April 2020]; Australian Marriage & Death indexes ( [17 April 2020]; Divorce file ( [17 April 2020]; NZ Electoral Roll ( [17 April 2020]; Reference to Australian Dictionary of Biography ( [14 April 2002]

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