Statue in Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London, depicting Albert McKenzie VC d. 1918
Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London.
"ABLE SEAMAN ALBERT EDWARD MCKENZIE / BORN BERMONDSEY 23RD OCTOBER 1898 / HMS VINDICTIVE, ZEEBRUGGE RAID 23RD APRIL, 1918 / DIED CHATHAM 3RD NOVEMBER 1918 / AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR / "MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY / OUR LOCAL HERO"
Date Erected: 24 October 2015
Vessel: HMS Vindictive
1914-1918 First World War
Date of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Infectious Disease
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
The raid took place on the 23rd April 1918 and Albert McKenzie there distinguished himself for his heroic dedication to duty and to his comrades. An Able Seaman aboard the lead ship in the raid, HMS 'Vindictive', McKenzie armed with a Lewis gun dutifully followed his commanding officer onto the harbour wall and fought gallantly throughout the action. Despite having his gun shot from his hands, McKenzie, a proficient boxer, fought his way through the German ranks to get back to his ship, in-spite of having received multiple wounds in both the back and the foot. For his bravery, zeal and conspicuous gallantry he was awarded the Victoria Cross. However, a few weeks after the raid he unfortunately contracted the Spanish Flu and perished, aged 20, on the 3 November 1918.
McKenzie was the first sailor from London to receive the Victoria Cross. He is burred in Camberwell Old Cemetery.
Recorder: Graham Thompson. 09/08/2017