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Regimental number53
Date of birth26 June 1897
Place of birthUlverstone Tasmania
AddressUlverstone, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Joseph McDonald, Castra Road, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Previous military service91st Infantry
Enlistment date10 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 1 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919

Military Medal

'On 12th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. This man was at Battalion Forward station and did splendid work maintaining communication with the Battalion headquarters. The conditions were exceedingly trying owing to the Station being in an Area which was almost continuously under fire. Nevertheless he personally saw to the maintenance of the lines until the Battalion was relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 August 2003
Place of burialUlverstone Cemetery, Tasmania

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