Wilfred Aloysius "Fred" McDonald

Aug 21, 1886

Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada to Michael and Catherine (nee Murphy) McDonald


Feb 11, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59707 (temporary number 1234)

Ø  Next of kin given as Catherine McDonald, mother, 7 Agawam St., Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cook

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to No. 16 Platoon, “D” Company

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


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 3, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 6, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days detention for being outside of camp without a pass


Sep 14, 1915

Released from detention early and embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 28, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 2 for insolence to an NCO


Sep 15, 1916

During the attack on the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private McDonald suffered from Shell Shock and a concussion from the explosion of a nearby shell and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance and admitted to the Division Rest Station there


Sep 20, 1916

Transferred to the rest station at the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance


Sep 28, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance


Oct 10, 1916

After being discharged from hospital care, Private McDonald rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Fieffes, France


Dec 24, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 6, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 6, 1917

Attached to the Chaplain Services for Canteen Duty


Jan 31, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 15, 1918

Rejoined the Chaplain Services from leave


Apr 8, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Wailly, France from the Chaplain Services


May 13, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps Reinforcement Pool and reported to the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jun 27, 1918

Admitted to the No. 59 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jul 1, 1918

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing station


Jul 25, 1918

Transferred to the 9th Canadian Area Employment Company


Nov 14, 1918

Reported to be absent


Nov 16, 1918

Reported for duty from being absent


Nov 22, 1918

Sentenced to 14 Days Field Punishment No. 1 and forfeited 3 day’s pay for his absence


Nov 23, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps under escort

He escaped custody while being transferred


Nov 25, 1918

Arrested and placed in custody and charged with escaping custody and threatening and NCO

Private McDonald escaped again that same day but was soon captured


Dec 5, 1918

Private McDonald was tried by Field General Court Martial and charged with

Ø  Escaping custody November 23, 1918

Ø  Threatening an NCO November 25, 1918

Ø  Escaping custody November 25, 1918

He was found guilty of all 3 charges and sentenced to 90 days Field Punishment No. 1

Proceeded to Aubin St. Vaast to serve his 90 day sentence


Dec 12, 1918

Admitted to the No. 10 Field Ambulance as a prisoner under escort with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Dec 13, 1918

Transferred to the No. 32 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Dec 17, 1918

Transferred via the No. 6 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital in Etaples, France and the diagnosis was changed to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Dec 25, 1918

While under guard in the hospital, Private McDonald escaped from the hospital and was declared to be illegally absent


Jan 17, 1919

A Court of Inquiry declared Private McDonald to be a Deserter


Jan 22, 1919

Arrested in Rouen, France while wearing the uniform of an American soldier

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 and forfeited 29 days pay for being absent and for impersonating an American Soldier when arrested.


Feb 28, 1919

Proceeded to England, and taken on strength the Canadian Machine Gun Depot in Seaford


Apr 12, 1919

Transferred to Military District No. 6 Wing, Canadian Concentration Camp in Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Royal George in Liverpool



May 14, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 310066

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 7 Agawam St., Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 7 Agawam St., Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


Apr 27, 1921

Married to Nellie Warhurst in Kearny, New Jersey, USA


Feb 13, 1964

Wilfred McDonald died in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


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