Michael McDonnell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 5, 1897

Born at Dublin Ireland


Feb 12, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Victoria County Ontario 

Ø      Number 725613

Ø      Next of kin given as William Conway, no relation, of Ennismore Ontario

o       The relationship was later changed to read Uncle

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Borden Camp


Aug 9, 1916

Served 14 days Field Punishment #2 and 14 days pay forfeited for an unknown offence


Aug 16, 1916

The Battalion moved to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion as part of a draft of 100 Other Ranks


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

Left the CBD to join his unit


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion, which had just moved into Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay.  The Battalion was still recovering from heavy fighting on the Somme and was desperate to receive the reinforcements


Apr 9, 1917

Pte McDonnell was killed during the advance on Vimy Ridge.  His remains were never recovered and he is honoured on the Vimy Ridge Memorial

Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his uncle, William J Conway, at RR #2 Ennismore Ontario 

There was no Memorial Cross issued 

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