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Alexander McDONALD

Regimental number1799
Place of birthArarat Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinJanet McDonald, Laen, Victoria
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For conspicuous gallantrry in an attack near Bullecourt when, his officer and the remainder of his team becoming casualties, he kept his gun in action and disabled a German gun before his own was hit by rifle bullets.'
Recommendation date: 12 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 December 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in the attack on the tramline North of the German Trenches near BULLECOURT on 3rd May 1917. When his Officer and the whole of the remainder of his team had become casualties, he kept his gun in action and disabled a German Gun before his own was hit by rifle bullets. Later in the day he brought in a badly wounded man from NO MAN'S LAND.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 695 Pte George McDONALD, 58th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 May 1917; Captain John McDONALD, Australian Army Medical Corps, embarked, 16 October 1918; ship recalled owing to cessation of hostilities.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 November 1965
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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