Thursday 4 November 2010

Private Gordon John McDonald

Born on 10 April 1897 in Owen Sound, Ontario - son of William McDonald, Owen Sound, Ontario - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Abbey, Saskatchewan; single; Presbyterian; trade as grain buyer; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; medium brown hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment, CEF, in Regina, Saskatchewan, on 11 March 1918 (number 1263711) - taken on the strength of the 28th Battalion, CEF, on 6 September 1918 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 21 or 22 September 1918 - killed in action on 27 September 1918 - buried in Quarry Wood Cemetery (grave III.A.3), 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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