Allan Joseph McDonald

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 11, 1899

Born in Alexandria, Ontario to Donald Alex and Mary Janet (nee McDonell) McDonald


Feb 1, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Alexandria, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633372

Ø      Next of kin given as Donald Alex McDonald, father, Alexandria, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

He gave his actual birth date even though he was not old enough to enlist and no mention is made of this on attestation.  The minimum age to enlist was 18 years, but the minimum age to enter combat was 19 years.


Sep 18, 1916

Forfeits 5 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the Troopship Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott for training


Jan 29, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley


May 15, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot), Seaford, when it was determined that he was underage


May 21, 1917

Medical Board in Seaford makes note of his age and classified him as A4 (not fit for combat until attaining the age of 19 years)


Aug 24, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion even though he had not reached the minimum age of 19 to enter combat.  He arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Dec 2, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Suburban Rest Camp carrying out training exercises and was assigned to “B” Company


Aug 26, 1918

During the battalion’s attack along the Arras-Cambrai Road, Private McDonald was killed in action and buried in the Tilloy British Cemetery, 5 days after his 19th birthday.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. DA McDonald, Box 114 Alexandria, Ontario.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Donald McDonald, c/o Clerk, New Windsor Hotel, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


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