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Regimental number2873
Place of birthBallan, Victoria
Address8 Oak Grove, Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 3"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs J McDonald, 8 Oak Grove, Brighton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of height)
Enlistment date24 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919
Discharge date9 November 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 21514 Sergeant Ian Alexander McDONALD, Australian Army Pay Corps, returned to Australia, 21 January 1920.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to Machine Gun Section, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Attached to Australian Army Pay Corps, 24 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Exeter', 12 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 9 November 1919.

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

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