Tad "Ted" Donald
aka Thaddèe Donnell

Mar 5, 1876

Born in Cap Pelé, New Brunswick


Sep 11, 1899

Married to Marie Gallant in Jay, Maine, USA


Sep 23, 1908

Wife Marie died of Tuberculosis in Lewiston, Maine, USA.  The name on the death register is Mrs. Thaddie Donell


Apr 2, 1918

Attested into the 2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment in Victoria, British Columbia

Ø  Number 2139054

Ø  Next of kin given as Miss Maude Donald, sister, Chiliac, (Shediac?) New Brunswick

Ø  Tad’s current address was given as Stockton, California, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

It would appear that he could not read or write as he signed his enlistment papers with an “X” and noted as “his mark”.  All the papers in his service file requiring a signature were marked in this way.  He stated that he did not know if his parents were alive


Apr 9, 1918

Tad Donald filled in his will leaving his estate to the Red Cross Society, Amherst, Nova Scotia


May 15, 1918

Posted to the 11th Draft of the 2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment and embarked the SS Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia



May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft proceeded to Seaford and absorbed into the 1st Reserve Battalion to continue training.  On arrival the members of the draft were placed in isolation over fears of the influenza epidemic before being allowed to continue training


Jun 18, 1918

Joined the main body of the battalion and began the next phase of training


Sep 13, 1918

Transferred to the 29th Battalion


Sep 14, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 609 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 29th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast, France


Sep 19, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion before he actually joined the 29th Battalion


Sep 20, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Donald joined the 21st Battalion rear details behind the front line just west of Buissy, France.  He joined the main body of the battalion a short time later and was posted to “A” Company


Nov 28, 1918

Admitted to the No. 44 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Bunions


Dec 4, 1918

Transferred to the No. 57 Casualty Clearing Station


Dec 8, 1918

Transferred via the No. 15 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 18 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Dec 20, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


Dec 22, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot in Cayeux


Jan 21, 1919

Discharged from hospital care and joined the Canadian Infantry Base Depot in Etaples


Feb 3, 1919

Left the Canadian Infantry Base Depot and joined the Canadian Garrison Base Depot in Etaples


Mar 3, 1919

Transferred to England pending return to Canada


Mar 5, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 29, 1919

Transferred to Military District 3 #6 Wing at Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Apr 16, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool



Apr 23, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and posted to No. 6 District Depot Disposal Station “B” pending discharge


May 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 309137

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Amherst, Nova Scotia

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to Mrs. Annie Bourque, sister, Rogersville, New Brunswick


Aug 26, 1919

Ted Donald died while in hospital in Moncton, New Brunswick of Colon Cancer that was attributed to his military service.  As such, he is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and honoured in the Book of Remembrance in the parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario. 


Cap Pele RC Cemetery
New Brunswick

Following his death the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny shown below) and Scroll were sent to his daughter Mrs. Annie Bourque, Rogersville, New Brunswick.


There was no Memorial Cross issued


Jun 28, 1924

The next of kin in the file was changed to read Mrs. Alda Landry, daughter, c/o Joseph Greenwood, St. Augustine, Rogersville, New Brunswick


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