Wednesday 3 November 2010

Private George McDonald

Born on 5 July 1887 in Lanarkshire, Scotland - cousin of George Rowe, North Sidney, Nova Scotia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; no current military service; previously served with the 2nd Battalion, Scottish Rifles (three years); Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 8.75 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 29 January 1915 (number 410551) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - wounded on 15 September 1916 - patient at Canadian Military Hospital, Eastbourne, England - invalided to Canada for further medical treatment.

(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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