Sunday, 31 October 2010

Private Donald McDonald, MM

Born on 19 June 1883 in Riverside, Nova Scotia - son of Mrs. Margaret McDonald, Riverside, Nova Scotia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cook; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 5 June 1915 (number 410831) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 13 May 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 17 April 1917: "For gallant conduct during operations Apr. 9/17."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

My uncle who passed in September 1959 --knew him well