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Charles Gordon McDONALD

Regimental number2160
Place of birthHamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
SchoolWest Maitland Public School, New South Wales
Address'Loin', West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Alex. Stewart McDonald, Mount Pleasant, West Maitland, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed ifor 2.5 years n the Volunteer Force of NSW Scottish Rifles (disbanded).
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWest Maitland, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 19th to 20th
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Jean McDONALD. Native of Hamilton, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2194 Pte Robert John McDONALD, 13th Bn, killed in action, 27 August 1915; [949] Lt George McDONALD, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 21 July 1916.

Previous report of missing, now, 11 August 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDONALD Charles Gordon

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