Sunday 31 October 2010

Private Charles McDonald

Born on 14 June 1891 in Glasgow, Scotland - son of John and Agnes McDonald, Scotland - brother of Mary McDonald, Glasgow, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Whitby, Ontario; trade as painter; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 2.25 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 166th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 8 February 1916 (number 669665) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - attached to the 12th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, on 20 February 1917 - wounded on 22 March 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 3 April 1917 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery (grave F.20), 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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