Tuesday 2 November 2010

Private Garret McDonald

Born on 21 October 1896 in Apple Hill, Ontario - son of R.J. (or Donald) and Margaret McDonald, Apple Hill, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Apple Hill, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current military service; previously served with the Princess Louise's Dragoon Guards (one year); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 11.5 inches; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Alexandria, Ontario, on 19 January 1916 (number 633247) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 15 September 1917 - invalided to England on 28 September 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 30 May 1918 - wounded on 12 August 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 4 October 1918 - died of sickness in France on 19 February 1919 - buried in √Čtaples Military Cemetery (grave LXXII.C.12), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

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