Sunday 5 February 2012

Private Lawrence Gordon Donald

Born on 30 December 1898 in Sarnia, Ontario - son of Mrs. E. Donald, St. Thomas, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother, trade as labourer, single, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 3 February 1916 (number 189943) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - wounded on 6 or 12 March 1917 - invalided to England on 7 June 1917.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for the image of Pte. Donald).

(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)

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