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Peter Ferns MacDONALD

Regimental number8652
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
SchoolBellahouston Academy, Glasgow, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressSame as next of kin
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5.5"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Robert MacDonald, Maxim Street, Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 217 days in Lanarkshire Yeomanry; left the country; 15 months in Field Artillery, Sydney; left the district.
Enlistment date13 October 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 26 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialThe Huts Cemetery (Plot XII, Row B, Grave No 18), Ypres, Belgium
Commemoration details14
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Margaret Ferns MacDONALD
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 12 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 21 December 1915.

Transferred to 18th Battery, Ismailia, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Found guilty, 4 January 1917, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, in that he broke Censorship Regulations: forfeited 14 days' pay.

On leave to United Kingdom, 5 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 28 September 1917.

Found guilty, 13 October 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 16 September, to midnight, 20 September: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 18 days' pay.

Killed in action, 26 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MacDONALD Peter Ferns

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