The man the ANZACs revered
Chaplain-Major William McKenzie was the only Salvation Army chaplain to serve on Gallipoli. His dedication to the spiritual and temporal well-being of the men of the 4th Battalion, and indeed the men of the whole 1st Australian Division, is the stuff of legends. In the midst of unimaginable death, he offered spiritual guidance, provided small comforts and words of encouragement; and also followed the troops into combat, carried the wounded to safety and buried the dead.
For his continued bravery under fire he was awarded the Order of the British Empire, and he became the first Australian recipient of The Salvation Army’s highest honour, the Order of the Founder. His life has now been honoured in a biography by historian Daniel Reynaud, The Man the ANZACs Revered.