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Hector John McDONALD

Regimental number7274
Place of birthNebo, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressEton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs H McDonald, Eton, Queensland
Enlistment date29 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date9 August 1920
Family/military connectionsFather: 2438 Pte John McDONALD, 4th Pioneer Battalion, 4th Reinforcement; returned to Australia 5 January, 1919.
Other details

War Service: Taken on strength of the 15th Battalion ex 24th reinforcements 25 August 1917.

Wounded in action (shrapnel wounds to the head and neck) 26 September 1917. Admitted to hospital in England 3 October 1917, rejoined his unit 31 December 1917.

He was sent to hospital sick on 24 rejoined his unit on 5 January 1918, but was admitted to hospital suffering Trench Fever15 March 1918.

He was Absent Without Leave from midnight 18 April 1918 to 6 May 1918, and was court martialled on 29 May 1918. Sentenced to 46 days detention. This was commuted to forfeiture of 30 days pay. Total forfeited: 55 days pay.

He rejoined his unit on 13 July 1918.

Started his return journey to Australia on 5 January 1919, on the same ship as his father, the HT 'Kanowna'

Medals: British War Medal; Victory Medal

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Date of death24 January 1970

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