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William McDONALD

Regimental number1864
Place of birthYarraville, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address28 Castlemaine Street, Yarraville, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M. McDonald, 28 Castlemaine Street, Yarraville, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Margaret MCDONALD. Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date22 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 18 May 1915 (headaches); discharged, 5 June 1915.

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 3 July 1915; taken on strength of 6th Bn, Anzac, 10 July 1915.

Admitted to No 1 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 24 October 1915 (jaundice); transferred to Lowland Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 26 October 1915; to Camp Dressing Station, Mudros, 7 November 1915; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt, 27 December 1915; discharged to duty, 14 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 2 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 8 June 1916; admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 8 June 1916 (bomb wound, right arm); transferred to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, 8 June 1916 (septic hand); to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 10 June 1916; to No 8 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 11 June 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 15 June 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 18 June 1916 (venereal disease); to No 9 Stationary Hospital, Le Havre, 19 June 1916 (not yet diagnosed); to No 2 Hospital Train, 29 June 1916 (venereal disease, syphilis); to No 18 General Hospital, Dammes Camiers, 30 June 1916; discharged and marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 7 October 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 112 days.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 21 November 1916 (abdominal pains); discharged and marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 23 November 1916.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 25 November 1916 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 29 November 1916.

Found guilty, 3 December 1916, of breaking out of compound and remaining absent until apprehended by Military Police, 1 December 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Discharged from No 6 Convalescent Depot, 4 December 1916, and marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot the same day.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 21 December 1916 (piles); transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 10 January 1917; discharged, and marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 23 January 1917.

Rejoined 6th Bn, 22 February 1917.

Transferred to 10th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 29 August 1917; taken on strength of 10th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 5 September 1917.

Admitted to No 10 Field Ambulance, 31 October 1917 (venereal disease); transferred to No 10 Stationary Hospital, St Omer, 1 November 1917 (not yet diagnosed); to No 39 General Hospital, Le Havre, 6 November 1917; discharged, and marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 30 November 1917 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); total period of treatment for venereal disease: 31 days.

Marched out to unit, 11 December 1917; rejoined 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 13 December 1917.

On leave to England, 9 March 1918; rejoined unit, 12 April 1918.

Admitted to No 10 Australian Field Ambulance, 1 July 1918 (dermatitis, scalp); transferred to No 5 Casualty Clearing Station, 1 July 1918; to No 25 General Hospital, 4 July 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 24 July 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, 26 July 1918.

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Le Havre, 29 July 1918 (syncope); to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 31 July 1918.

Found guilty, 31 July 1918, of while on active service, (1) being in town without a pass; (2) improperly dressed; (3) violently resisting Military Police; (4) striking Military Police whilst in execution of his duty: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Discharged from No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, 3 September 1918, and marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 6 September 1918; rejoined 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 8 September 1918.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 29 September 1918; admitted to No 38 Field Ambulance, 29 September 1918; transferred to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station, 29 September 1918 (gunshot wound, left hand); to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 30 September 1918; to England, 1 October 1918; to Queen Mary's Hospital, Whalley, 2 October 1918; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 21 October 1918; discharged to furlough, 4 November 1918, and to report to No 4 Command Depot, 18 November 1918.

Found guilty, 23 November 1918, of being absent without leave from 1030 hours, 18 November 1918, until 1030 hours, 23 November 1918: award, forfeits 10 days' pay, and total forfeiture of 15 days' pay.

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, 25 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orontes', 20 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 30 January 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit: debility), 22 April 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death20 August 1939
Age at death46
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDONALD William

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