Saturday, 6 November 2010

Private William Patrick McDonald

Born on 19 September 1886 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Martin McDonald, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address same as father; single; Roman Catholic; trade as farmer; no current military service; previously served with the 43rd Regiment; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; medium dark complexion; dark grey eyes; dark brown hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, on 11 January 1918 (number 3055956) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 or 11 June 1918 - killed in action on 29 September 1918 - buried in Bourlon Wood Cemetery (grave II.A.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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