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Alexander Patrick McDONALD

Regimental number297
Place of birthMorwell Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGainsborough, Darnum, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinH T McDonald, Gainsborough, Darnum, Victoria
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name is Alexander on photocopy

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. For gallant leadership. During an attack delivered by his Company on the enemy positions he displayed conspicuous coolness and resource in the manner in which he handled his Section under trying circumstances when a heavy enemy barrage, a very dark night and a maze of enemy trenches made it a matter of extreme difficulty to maintain direction, combined to make his task hazardous and difficult. He, however, led his Section against a party of the enemy when they enveloped and killed and he finally established himself on his final objective which he consolidated. He proved of the utmost assistance to his Platoon Commander by the cool, skilful and gallant manner in which he handled his Command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 June 1967
Place of burialWarragul Cemetery

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