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Alexander MACDONALD

Regimental number6546
Place of birthTraralgan, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLumper
Address31 Agnes Street, Beaconsfield, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Harriette MacDonald, 31 Agnes Street, Beaconsfield, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 March 1916
Place of enlistmentFremantle, Western Australia
Unit name16th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 26 September 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Angus and Catherine MACDONALD
Discharge date5 December 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 13 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 12 December 1916, and marched into 4th Training Bn, Codford, the same day.

Admitted to Group Hospital, Codford, 27 December 1916 (cold).

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 February 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 16 February 1917.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, 29 March 1917 (severe pleurisy); transferred to No 39 General Hospital, Le Havre, 10 April 1917 (bronchitis); to No 4 Convalescent Depot, 18 May 1917; marched into 4th Australian Base Depot, Etaples, 23 May 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 15 June 1917; taken on strength of 16th Bn, 17 June 1917.

Admitted to No 13 Australian Field Ambulance, 7 July 1917 (disordered action of the heart); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 7 July 1917; to No 20 Ambulance Train, 9 July 1917; to No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 9 July 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 18 July 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 3 August 1917.

Medical Board decision, 30 August 1917, only fit for Permanent Base service due to valvular disease of the heart.

Embarked for England, 4 September 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 5 September 1917 (Class C3).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 26 September 1917; disembarked, Fremantle, 12 November 1917; discharged Perth (medically unfit: overage), 5 December 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death15 October 1937
Age at death65
Place of burialFremantle Cemetery, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, MACDONALD Alexander

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