James "Jim" Donald

Aug 22, 1880

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59266 (temporary number 494)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Georgina Donald, mother 12 Murray Place, St. Andrews, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Photographer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 59th Stormont and Glengarry Regiment, Canadian Militia and the 1st Aberdeen Royal Engineers Volunteers

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to 11 Platoon “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into 11 Platoon “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Dec 4, 1914

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal in the Signals Section of “C” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 21, 1915

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Hernia where surgery was performed to repair the Hernia


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Signals Corporal


Jul 10, 1915

Transferred to the Monks Horton Convalescent Home


Jul 25, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 5, 1916

While in billets in the “B” Camp at La Clytte, Belgium, Corporal James Donald was in charge of a carrying party moving supplies on a hand powered narrow-gauge railway, the overloaded car overturned and fell on him.  When the car was lifted from him, he had a badly injured left knee and multiple cuts and bruises.  He was evacuated to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for first aid. 


May 6, 1916

He was transported by the No. 23 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 6 British Red Cross Hospital in Etaples for treatment


May 12, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the De Walden Court Hospital in Eastbourne

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 22, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Dec 4, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Sergeant without pay


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling and posted to “A” Company.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Jun 26, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Jul 9, 1917

Temporarily attached to the Canadian Training School in Bexhill for duty


Oct 29, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne, Sussex with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Nov 12, 1918

Discharged to duty with the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 382006

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Cornwall, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 89, Cornwall, Ontario

James Donald later moved to South Porcupine, Ontario and opened a Photography business

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