|Place of birth||Applecross, Rosshire, Scotland|
|Age at embarkation||44|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Hannah McDonald, Eton PO, Eton, Mackay, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Two years in the Inverness Militia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||4th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 4|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||14/16/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||Australian Army Medical Corps Details|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Family/military connections||Son: 7274 Private Hector John McDONALD, 15th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement; returned to Australia 17 January 1919.|
War service: enlisted at Rockhampton, Queensland. Disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 October 1916.
Pte McDonald was absent without leave from 4:00 30 November 1916 to 10:00 5 December 1916. Awarded 168 hours detention and forfeits 10 days pay; total forfeiture 15 days pay.
Taken on strength of 4th Pioneer Bn, 25 February 1917.
He was admitted to hospital suffering from influenza on 2 September 1917. He was admitted to hospital sick while on furlough in England on 16 October 1917. He rejoined his unit in France on 28 February 1917.
On 5 December 1917, Pte McDonald was taken on strength of the Australian Army Medical Corps, and remained stationed at the 2nd Australian Army Hospital at Southall, England.
Promoted to Lance Corporal 21 June 1918.
Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital (ex staff); reason stated as 'Age and Debility'.
On 5 January 1919 he was discharged from hospital to start his return journey to Australia per HT 'Kanowna'.
Medals: British War Medal; Victory Medal~