Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:31 AM
'....just curious as to your reasoning.'
Just trying to fit a possible scenario to the known/published information:
Born Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire (Maxwelltown in Troqueer was the other side of the river from Dumfries - they merged in 1929 - there was always a lot of confusion on military forms, as well as mis-spellings of Troqueer and Kirkcudbrightshire, so sometimes easier just to say Dumfries)
Born 1885 (so depending on how truthful he was regards his age, he could have enlisted from 1900/1 onwards)
Reservist and re-joined his regiment, the Seaforth Highlanders (suggests a regular reservist rather than special reserve)
He went to the front immediately, and was through the retreat from Mons (so 2nd Seaforths, as kenf48 stated)
Wounded and gassed, latterly he was attached to the East Surreys (Dumfries/Galloway locals in contemporary newspaper reports often referred to men who had transferred regiments as 'attached', borne out by the number of men on local memorials inscribed with their original unit rather than that with which they died)
A possible scenario:
Only two possibles for William McKenzie, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders who served overseas from very early (Aug 1914) in the war - #8876 and #7657. We know that #8876 died of wounds on 26 Apr 1915 and that #7657 deserted on 2 Sep 1915. Interesting. Worth considering?
Enlisted: summer 1902 as Private 7657, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Mobilised: August 1914
Disembarked: in France, 23 Aug 1914
Wounded: May 1915 (Times 21/06/1915)
Deserted: 2 Sep 1915
Re-enlisted: May 1916, using an alias, as 19176 Charles Thomas Harris, East Surrey Regiment
Killed in action: 25/26 Nov 1917 as Cpl 19176, 13th East Surreys
I can't access the Scotsman casualty lists at the moment because there is a problem with the Athens authentication system. However, when possible, I will search it for later wounding/death lists to see if it gives a place of residence for his next-of-kin.
I don't have a subscription, but on Findmypast there is a WO96 Militia file for William McKenzie born 1885 at Dumfries, Kirtcudbright (sic). There are also several variations of C, Charles and Thomas Charles Harris on the 'Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933' that may be worth a check.
As kenf48 states, there are minor issues wrt date/rank, but most people will have found similar examples if they have researched a large pool of men (as mentioned, re dates, we have to allowances for the confusion of war and re ranks, always issues regards acting ranks, appointments like L/Sgt where men are referred to as Sgt but are actually substantive Cpls etc.). Not saying that this is so in this case, but raising known issues. The point re separation allowance is quite correct, but may just have been a 'casualty' of his desertion. Of course, once re-enlisted and back at the front, he may have informed his officer/battalion but the information has not made it onto his MIC(s).
So, just an idea to fit the death of a man named William McKenzie with no obvious MIC or CWGC entry.