McIntosh, John McKenzie (Kenzie)

  • Township: Embro & West Zorra
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Branch: Canadian Expeditionary Force, Signalman
  • Regiment number: 503970
  • Date of birth: March 22, 1895
  • Where born: West Zorra Township, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of death: 1958
  • Burial location: Farrington Cemetery, Brantford, Brant County, Ontario,Canada
  • Wars Served: World War I
  • Years of service: March 9, 1916 -
  • Country enlisted with: Canada

Biography

John McKenzie [Kenzie] McIntosh was born on March 22, 1895, a son of Donald and Davina (nee McKay) McIntosh of Lot 17, Concession 7. At the time of enlistment, on March 9, 1916, he was a Presbyterian and an assistant secretary with the Young Men’s Christian Association. He served overseas for about two years and was a Signalman with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. From the back of a horse, he spooled telegraph wire across the front lines. In later years his sister, Cassie McIntosh, would talk about how they would pack boxes filled with fruit cake and candy and send overseas.  These boxes were wrapped and sewn in cotton layers. 

When "Kenzie" returned from the war he obtained a job with the Bell Telephone company in Wiarton. On April 7, 1926 he married Jennie Lulu Lawrence (1893-1955) April 7, 1926, in Bruce County. Over the years he managed Bell Telephone offices in Chatham, Stratford, North Bay and lastly in Brantford where his picture is on display at the Bell Homestead with others who worked many years for Bell.  In later years he was nicknamed "Mac".  Kenzie, as he was known to family members, was active in many organizations and his church. Both Jennie and Kenzie are buried in Farrington Cemetery in Brantford, Ontario.

 

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