|Place of birth||London, England|
|School||London County Council School, London, England|
|Age on arrival in Australia||17|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Sister, Miss Ethel Pheasant, 4 Barry Avenue, Stamford Hill, London, England|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||2nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/19/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||54th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 11), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Joined 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 31 October 1915.
Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.
Found guilty, 201 February 1916, of overstaying leave from 9.20 pm, to 9.30 pm, 21 February 1916: forfeited 2 days' pay.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.
Killed in action, 19-20 July 1916.
Note on file: 'austr. Sold. Phesant, (Pheasant), W. Erk.Mrk. 3462, 54. Bn. am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'
Red Cross File No 2140813: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'
'Identity disc received from Germany and despatched to N/K. 11.5.17.'
Statement, 4835 Pte McDONALD, 54th Bn (patient, HS 'Western Australia', Boulogne), 21 August 1916: 'I saw this man wounded severely through the neck and the bullet struck my rifle and me. He died almost directly and he was left in the 3rd line of German trenches at the right of Fleurbaix. We had to retire to the German first line. This was in the morning of the 19th July, and I was wounded shortly after.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalOriginally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
|Miscellaneous details||Sister's address subsequently 15 Trellis Street, Malmesbury Road, Bow, London, England|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, PHEASANT Walter
Red Cross file 2140813