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Henry McDONALD

Regimental number3288
Place of birthPort Pirie South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressGovernment Road, Port Pirie West, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs M McDonald, Port Pirie West, South Australia
Enlistment date29 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


' Work near Proyart on 8-9 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 12 August 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the advance near LE VERQUIRE on the 18th September, 1918. Private McDONALD repeatedly carried messages containing valuable information through heavy machine gun fire from Company headquarters in front line to Battalion Headquarters. he invariably under took the delivery of messages cheerfully and carried it out expeditiously, returning each time with ammunition which was very urgently needed in the front line. Through his initiative he greatly assisted in maintaining the supply of ammunition for his Company. His work throughout was a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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