Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Cortlandt Graham Gordon MacKenzie

In memory of
Lieutenant
Cortlandt Graham Gordon MacKenzie
October 29, 1914

Military Service:

Age:
23
Force:
Army
Unit:
Royal Scots Fusiliers

Additional Information:

Son of Gordon and Kathleen Gordon Mackenzie, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 565 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
MENIN GATE (YPRES) MEMORIAL , Belgium
Grave Reference:
N/A
Location:

The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Cortlandt Graham Gordon Mackenzie – From The War Book of Upper Canada College, edited by Archibald Hope Young, Toronto, 1923.  This book is a Roll of Honour including former students who served during the First World War.
  • Memorial Tablet – Lieutenant Cortlandt Graham Gordon Mackenzie is remembered on this brass Memorial Tablet. It was unveiled on May 1st, 1921 in memory of Upper Canada College students who died on active service during  the First World War.  Upper Canada College is located in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Monument – Lt. Cortlandt Graham Gordon Mackenzie is remembered on this family monument in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.
  • Inscription – Detail
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Toronto Star for 30 November 1914.
  • Newspaper Clipping (2) – From the Toronto Star for 24 November 1914.
  • Memorial – Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
774 Lieut Corlandt Graham Gordon (RMC 1896) was the son of Gordon and Kathleen Gordon Mackenzie, of Toronto, Ontario. He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He died on 29 Oct 1914. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Memorial Stained Glass – Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
774 Lieut Corlandt Graham Gordon (RMC 1896) was the son of Gordon and Kathleen Gordon Mackenzie, of Toronto, Ontario. He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He died on 29 Oct 1914. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Memorial Doll – Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
774 Lieut Corlandt Graham Gordon (RMC 1896) was the son of Gordon and Kathleen Gordon Mackenzie, of Toronto, Ontario. He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He died on 29 Oct 1914. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Menin Gate – 774 Lieut Corlandt Graham Gordon Mackenzie (RMC 1896) was the son of Gordon and Kathleen Gordon Mackenzie, of Toronto, Ontario. He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He died on 29 Oct 1914. His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Cortlandt Graham Gordon MacKenzie – IWM Collections (HU 117580)

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