Marjorie Wakefield MacKenzie was the mother of Roger MacKenzie, and wife of Jeremiah Walter MacKenzie. Her maternal uncle, Reginald, adopts Roger after Marjorie is killed during the war.

Personal HistoryEdit

Shortly before World War II, Marjorie eloped with Jerry MacKenzie. They had a brief honeymoon on the Isle of Lewis; there, she found a rough sapphire, which she gave to Jerry and which he kept in his pocket as a good luck charm. Jerry met Marjorie's mother for the first time when they told her they were married.

Events of the NovelsEdit

"A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"Edit

In 1941, Marjorie's son Roger MacKenzie is born. When Roger is just months old, her husband Jerry is selected to carry out a top secret mission. While he's away on duty, the army informs Marjorie that her husband's plane has gone missing, and he is presumed dead. Marjorie leaves the London flat where she and Jerry lived and goes to live with her mother in Bethnal Green.

In 1943, Marjorie receives a visit from Frank Randall who comes to deliver the MID oakleaf cluster medal that has been awarded posthumously to Jerry. Marjorie reacts very badly to this visit, gets very emotional and blames Frank for Jerry's death.

During an air raid, Marjorie makes her way, with Roger, to the safety of the underground tube station. The station is struck by a direct hit of a bomb and the ceiling starts to crack above the stairs where Marjorie is standing, clutching Roger. Marjorie looks up and sees Jerry and her face is lit by a flash of joy, but just at that moment the ceiling starts to collapse. Marjorie grabs Roger and throws him up over the stair railing towards Jerry, where he lands high on Jerry's chest. The ceiling comes down and Marjorie is killed.


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Physical AppearanceEdit

Marjorie had curly black hair.[2]


  • Marjorie is a medieval variant of MARGERY, and is ultimately derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning "pearl".[3][4]
  • Wakefield originally indicated a person who came from the town of Wakefield, which means literally "field for the yearly wake or festival".[5]
  • MacKenzie is the anglicized form of MacCoinnich, a Gaelic patronymic name meaning "son of Coinneach". The personal name Coinneach means "handsome" or "comely".[6][7]



  1. Died in the Bethnal Green tube station collapse; see "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"
  2. "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"
  3. Behind the Name: Marjorie – accessed 24 August 2015.
  4. Behind the Name: Margaret – accessed 24 August 2015.
  5. Behind the Name Surnames: Wakefield - accessed 07 July 2016
  6. Behind the Name:Coinneach – accessed 21 June 2016.
  7. – accessed 21 June 2016.

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