Albert McKenzie VC and the Raid on Zeebrugge 1918

Albert was chosen by his shipmates to be awarded the Victoria Cross following the Raid on Zeebrugge in April 1918. The medal was presented to him by King George V at Buckingham Palace in the Summer of 1918. He had almost fully recovered from his wounds when he caught flu in the pandemic which killed 1% of the World's population in the period immediately after the Great War. Albert died at Chatham Naval Hospital in October 1918 a few days after his 20th Birthday

After Albert's death his medal was passed down through his eldest brother's family who kept it in its original case in a bank vault in America. For over 50 years it was listed by the Victoria Cross Association as 'whereabouts unknown'. In 1996 Albert's medals were donated by his family to the Imperial War Museum in London where they are now on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery

For more information please contact his great-nephew Colin McKenzie 23april1918@gmail.com