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Donald McINNES

Regimental number2420
Place of birthNorth Williamstown, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address9 Union Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 2"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinMinnie McInnes, 15 Dover Place, Williamstown, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
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
168
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3828 Pte Robert McINNES, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 23rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916.

Transferred to 5th Training Bn, 17 March 1916.

Admitted to 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 3 April 1916 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, Canal Zone, 18 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 58th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 19 May 1916.

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

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

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

Handwritten note on Form B103: Presume Buried on No Man's Land at approx 5J0 90.43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1910610, 2654 Pte E. PHILLIPS, 59th Bn, 10 October 1917: 'I saw Casualty wounded in the head in a trench just before the "Hop over" on the 19th July, 1916 at Fleurbaix. Casualty was lying down in the trench. He said he did not feel too bad at the time.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McINNES Donald
Red Cross file 1910610

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