The AIF Project

John Malcolm McDONALD

Date of birth24 March 1887
Place of birthSemaphore, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressSemaphore, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, A N McDonald, Semaphore Road, Semaphore, South Australia
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 30th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 2 November 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment


Unit: 9th Light Horse
Promotion date: 20 February 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Croix de Guerre

Refers 20 September, 2 October 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 November 1915


Recommendation date: 27/28 August 1915, 29 April 1916

Military Cross

FateReturned to Australia 10 July 1919

Military Cross

'On 20th September 1918, whilst the brigade was advancing from Lejjun to Jenin, a number of the enemy were observed in Bivouac in a wood. He, with two troops, galloped round to the rear of the enemy, and with the sword drove them out into the open, where the entire force, numbering 1,800 men, 200 mules, 200 horses, and a number of donkeys, surrendered. He showed great dash and initiative and set a fine example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Print format