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Regimental number1553
Place of birthWyrallah, New South Wales
SchoolTucki Public and Lismore Public Schools, New South Wales
AddressMaryvale, Wyrallah, Richmond River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, T. McDonald, Maryvale, Wyrallah, Richmond River, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularCaptain P McDonald and uncle of deceased served in the South African War.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Margaret MCDONALD, Maryvale, Wyrallah, New South Wales. Native of Tucki, Tucki
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 5 November 1915; disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany. No particulars afforded except the soldier is deceased. To be reported as killed in action, 20 July 1916, on he authority of the Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, 3rd Echelon, General Headquarters, British Expeditionary Force.

Handwritten note on B.103: 'Buried in the vicinity of Fleurbaix, Sh.36 N.W.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McDONALD Archie

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