I met a man who owned a ton of his uncle’s photos he took during his time in World War II. The images by Kenneth McKenzie start in Vancouver and Banff where they did their training, then all across Europe.
While there are many images like these, what makes these special in my opinion is that each of the images has a handwritten caption on the packs of the photos giving context and names to the people in the images.
One of my favorites photos is of Sgt. Cesar, the dog they took with them all throughout the war, and who was then brought back home to live out its days in Manitoba (I even have his discharge papers, which are a nice touch).
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. It also marks the year Kenneth McKenzie would have turned 100 years old.
Below are a selection of my favorite images from Kenneth’s collection that span his service during World War 2. All sequencing has been kept the same as Kenneth had it in his album out of respect for his story and how he wanted it shown.
Step back into the past and experience the war through his eyes, read his words, experience his joys, and feel his loss.
I took the photos from Kenneth’s nephew with the intention of scanning and distributing them. I am aiming to work with him to help track down the families and provide them with the images.
With the war having been so long ago, I can only imagine that others are also sitting on gold mines of photos like this. I hope this story helps inspire those people to also share their stories of such a historic time in our history.
Thank you Kenneth for the view into your life. This past year has been an unforgettable journey that I could only have dreamed of experiencing.