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Regimental number1697
Place of birthAxedale, Victoria
Address17 Adam Street, Burnley, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, A. Donaldson, 17 Adam Street, Burnley, Victoria
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameSignal Company Engineers Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/11/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Considerable bravery in persistently patrolling and mending telephone lines under fire.
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be David Donaldson on NR
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'From the 16th to 22nd September, 1917, east of HOOGE this man showed considerable bravery in persistently patrolling and mending telephone lines between HOOGE and CLAPHAM JUNCTION - an area continually shelled heavily and subject to heavy barrages. At all times these lines were particularly dangerous to patrol and his exertion enabled telephone communication to be maintained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death4 March 1942

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