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Frank Harold DONALDSON

Regimental number3088
Date of birth29 June 1895
Place of birthRaywood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.375"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Donaldson, Pelican Hotel, Inglewood, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 7 months in the Cadets.
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3090 Corporal Donald David DONALDSON, 60th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 November 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 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, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 931006, 3090 Corporal D.D. DONALDSON, 60th Bn, 20 September 1916: 'Was killed by Machine Gun fire out in No Man's Land at Fleurbaix about 7 p.m. 19th July. He was my brother and I was with him when he died.' Additional note on file, 6 October 1916: 'Killed by Machine gun (sic) fire & died in same shell-hole, where his brother was wounded and who gives this information, and has cabled particulars to Australia.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, DONALDSON Frank Harold
Red Cross File No 931006

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