Dr. Kenneth G. McKenzie
Captain Kenneth George McKenzie was born on June 13, 1892, in Toronto. He attended St. Andrew’s College from 1906 to 1909 and was quite an athlete. He played for 2nd Rugby, 1st Cricket and also enjoyed boxing and wrestling. After graduation he attended the University of Toronto; standing second in his class, he received the Silver Medal on graduation in 1914.
On August 5, 1914, McKenzie joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served in France as a regimental medical officer and with 25 Field Ambulance. In 1916, he was granted leave, returned to Canada, and married Irene Biette of Tillsonburg. In 1917, he transferred to the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps as a Captain.
At the end of World War
I, he bought a general practice and, in addition, he worked at the Christie
Street Hospital for veterans and served as a demonstrator in anatomy. He tried
to persuade Clarence L. Starr, the Professor of Surgery, to help him to become
a surgeon, and took a correspondence course from England. He then entered
England, taking the primary examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons,
passing physiology and failing anatomy.