Anneux British Cemetery, Rededication Service.
On Tuesday 27th March 2018 one hundred years since his death, a rededication service was held in the afternoon at Anneux British Cemetery, France, for Serjeant John Mackenzie MM & Bar, of C Company, 1/6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
Serjeant John MacKenzie was just 21 years old when he died on 25 March 1918, a few days after the start of the German Spring Offensive. Having been wounded, he was taken prisoner and died of his wounds in Inchy-en-Artois. Until recently the location of Serjeant MacKenzie’s grave remained unknown and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. However, research has shown that he is in fact buried in Anneux British Cemetery.
The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and attended by British Defence Staff, members of the family, regimental representatives from The Royal Regiment of Scotland and local dignitaries.
The CWGC provided a new headstone inscribed with his name and a personal inscription chosen by his family. His original commemoration on the Arras Memorial to the Missing will also be removed now that his place of burial has been identified.