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Re: Pontefract Barracks
« Reply #9 on: Monday 30 August 21 22:16 BST (UK) »
Just came across this thread by accident

My 3rd Great Grandfather John McKenzie was born in Newfoundland in circa 1786, signed up for the Royal Horse Artillery in Woolwich in 1798, served at Waterloo, before being discharged on health grounds in 1827.

In the interim he married and raised a family in Pontefract, but I could never understand the Pontefract connection, or how it came about.

I have never been able to find anything about John parentage, although recently I've come across a James Mckenzie who was living in nearby Badsworth around the same time and he also served in the RHA between 1805-1826. James was born in Falkirk. I'm currently looking into the possibility of their having been brothers.

Having read about the Yorkshire rebellion, I can only hope that John was not too active a participant in quelling the uprising.

Benn (Yorkshire), Cock (Ashill, Norfolk), Dickinson (Newton on Trent and Saxilby, Lincolnshire)  Rhodes (Yorkshire), Tew (Shropshire/Staffordshire), Wilks (Yorkshire)