India General Service Medal 1854-1895, 1 clasp, Bhootan. Captain R. B. Mackenzie, 11th Bengal Native Infantry


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Roderick Boyd Mackenzie was born at Saugor, India in 1835, the son of Captain K. F. Mackenzie, 64th Bengal Native Infantry. Educated by the Reverend R. Moir of Canonmill´s House, Edinburgh, he was nominated as a Cadet in the Bengal Infantry in1856 and posted as Ensign in the 69th Bengal Infantry later the same year.

Promoted Lieutenant in 1857, his Regiment were disarmed at Mooltan, and as a consequence of this he was posted to the 6th Bengal Irregular Cavalry in 1858. Appointed Acting Barrack Master at Amritsar, Kangra, and Dhamsala in 1859, he was placed on the cadre of the late 12th Bengal Native Infantry, which had mutinied at Nowgong and Jhansi.

Posted Captain with the 11th Bengal Native Infantry in 1865 he served with them during the Bhootan Campaign. Invalided home due to illness, Mackenzie died on furlough in Cheltenham in October 1867.