1 June 1945
We regret to record that Malcolm Mackenzie, son of Mr J Mackenzie, 83 Keith Street, who has been missing on active service since November 1944 is now presumed to have been killed in action. Malcolm worked for the burgh before the war. He was called up not long after the outbreak of hostilities, and drafted into the Pioneer Corps. He served with the Pioneer Corps in North Africa, and then returned for a time to this country. He crossed to France on D-Day. In October, he indicated in a letter home that he expected to go further afield. A letter from his Colonel now gives the sad news that he is presumed to have been killed in action at sea. The circumstances in which he met his death are not disclosed, but the Colonel adds that, before the War Office came to the decision that he had been killed in action, inquiries were made at every source from which information could be obtained about his fate, and it is now unlikely that any further information will be discovered.