Alyn "Algie" Godwin Donaldson


Mar 30, 1894

Born at Brockville Ontario 

Shown on both the 1901 and 1911 Census with first name spelled Allan


Feb 27, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59267 (temporary number 1252)

Ø      Next of kin given as Allan Samuel Donaldson (father) of Brockville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brakeman

o       Later recorded as Surveyor

Ø      Previous military experience given as 5 years with the 41st Brockville Rifles in the Bugle Band

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the Base Unit for duty with the Bugle Band


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent, where he trained as a Machine Gunner, and was posted to the Machine Gun Section


Jul 25, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) and forfeits 1 days pay in addition to his pay being restricted by ½ for 1 month


Sep 7, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Sep 8, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL


Sep 9, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days detention for being AWL.  This was remitted on September 14th in order to proceed to France


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer



Aug 17, 1916

Posted to the CTD (Canadian Training Depot) at Shorncliffe and attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion pending OTC (Officer Training Course)



Nov 21, 1916

To be Temp Lieut and posted to the General List 

Attached to the CMS (Canadian Musketry School)


Dec 2, 1916

Posted to the 18th Battalion


Dec 3, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) Havre France and TOS the 18th Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Joined the 18th Battalion in the field


Sep 12, 1917

Granted 10 days leave to England


Oct 2, 1917

Admitted to No 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of right leg


Oct 12, 1917

Transferred to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers


Oct 22, 1917

Discharged to Base Details from hospital


Nov 24, 1917

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) and same day left to rejoin the 18th Battalion


Jan 16, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to Paris


Mar 30, 1918

Note in pay file indicates that he is under arrest.  There is no indication as to when he was released, or what the charges were


Aug 28, 1918

Wounded in hip and abdomen by machine gun bullets and admitted to CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Aug 30, 1918

Transferred to the No 8 British Red Cross Hospital at Boulogne and listed as being dangerously ill with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to his abdomen


Sep 4, 1918

Removed from dangerously ill list and now listed as seriously ill


Sep 10, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Conninck


Posted to the WORD (Western Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Sep 11, 1918

Admitted to No 2 Western General Hospital at Manchester


Oct 10, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Officer’s Convalescent Hospital at Matlock, Bath


Oct 23, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to the Officer’s Casualty Company at Bexhill


Nov 18, 1918

Attached to the 4th Reserve Battalion at Witley


Dec 20, 1918

SOS the establishment of the 18th Battalion


Feb 6, 1919

Tried by General Court Martial at Witley for  

Ø      Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline

Ø      Behaving in a scandalous manner unbecoming the character of an officer and a gentleman 

Found guilty and received a Severe Reprimand from the GOC in C Aldershot Command


Feb 11, 1919

Ceases to be attached to the 4th Reserve Battalion and returned to the WORD and attached to the Depot Coy at Witley


Mar 31, 1919

Attached to the Canadian General Depot for duty at Seaford


Apr 14, 1919

Note in pay file indicates that £5-0-0 per month to cover a dishonoured cheque of £20-0-0


May 22, 1919

Posted to “O” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley pending return to Canada


May 27, 1919

Admitted to No 12 Canadian General Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Hemorrhoids


Jun 15, 1919

Admitted to No 12 Canadian General Hospital with a diagnosis of VDS (Syphilis) 

Claimed to have been exposed on May 15, 1919 at Windsor England


Jun 19, 1919

Transferred to VD ward


Jul 10, 1919

Transferred to No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington and posted to the WORD


Aug 13, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Aug 18, 1919

Discharged from Hospital and posted to “M” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


Aug 25, 1919

Medical Board at Witley Camp  

Ø      Patient complains of pain in right buttock and abdomen when walking or exercising

Ø      Board makes note of machine gun bullet wounds

Ø      Estimate of 6 months disability

Ø      Recommends that he receive additional hospital treatment

Ø      Also recommend that he be dealt with re the VDS on arrival in Canada

Ø      Recommend that he be returned to Canada for further treatment


Aug 26, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Sep 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Minnekahda at London



Sep 14, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


May 16, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 131 Pearl St Brockville Ontario


Mar 26, 1967

Deceased at Brockville Ontario


In November of 2010, Alyn Donaldson's medals were donated to the PWOR Museum by Marty Martel.  Thank you Marty

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