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Ronald McDONALD

Regimental number1678
Place of birthYetminster, Dorset, England
SchoolBoyle's Endowed School, Yetminster, Dorset, England
Age on arrival in Australia34
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation37
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs A McDonald, Yetminster PO, near Sherber, Dorset, England
Previous military serviceServed as Bugler for 6 years in Marine Light Infantry; invalided out.
Enlistment date9 January 1915
Place of enlistmentHamilton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death41
Age at death from cemetery records41
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Martha SMITH (formerly McDONALD and the late Donald MCDONALD; husband of Martha HARDIND (formerly McDONALD), Buster End, Yetminster, Dorset, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 8 May 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 28 September 1915 (influenza); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 28 September 1915; discharged to duty, 23 October 1915; rejoined Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 24 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missinhg, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presumed Buried in No Man's Land at approx 5J90.43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDONALD Ronald

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