Thursday, 5 August 2010

Private Duncan Joseph MacDonell

Born on 21 June 1896 in Alexandria, Ontario - only son of Peter and Catherine MacDonell, Alexandria, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; currently a member of the 59th Regiment's canal guard (ten months); no previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 16 June 1915 - [then what] - joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Prospect, Bermuda, on 17 August 1915 (number 410929) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 9 April 1917 - died of those wounds on 10 April 1917 - buried in Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension (grave E.5), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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