Donald MacDonald


Nov 9, 1894

Born in Glasgow, Scotland to Malcolm and Christina MacDonald


Sep 18, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion in Aylmer, Ontario 

Ø      Number 123779

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Christina MacDonald, mother, 51 Balfour St., Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

His medical examination did not take place until 2 days later, September 20th, in St. Thomas, Ontario, when he was declared fit for service.  The Commanding Officer did not sign the certificate until September 29th.


Nov 6, 1915

Transferred to the 91st Battalion


Jun 28, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jul 15, 1916

Transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Aug 20, 1916

Transferred to the 75th Battalion


Aug 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 75th Battalion


Oct 1, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion


Oct 7, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 9, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Fieffes, north of Amiens, France, resting after the heavy losses at Courcelette


Feb 16, 1917

While in the front line in the Thelus section, west of Vimy Ridge, Private MacDonald was killed during an artillery barrage and buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St-Eloi, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Malcolm MacDonald, 51 Balfour St., Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Christina MacDonald, at the same address


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