Thursday 4 November 2010

Lieutenant John Ranald McDonald

Born on 20 December 1892 in Alexandria, Ontario - son of Mrs. Mary Jane McDonald, Alexandria, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as bank clerk; single; currently a member of the 59th Regiment (as signal sergeant) (six years); no previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 6 feet 0 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, as an other rank in Ottawa, Ontario, on 18 April 1915 (number 410955) - 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 30 October or 1 November 1916 - invalided to England on 2 November 1916 - commissioned as a Lieutenant with the 7th Reserve Battalion, CEF, on 4 November 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 January 1918 - wounded on 27 May 1918 - invalided to England on 3 June 1918.

(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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