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Richard Augustine McDONALD

Regimental number540
Place of birthSandy Creek, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressCarlton Parade, Torrensville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M. McDonald, Carlton Parade, Torrensville, South Australia
Previous military serviceSouth Africa (59 days); 8th Battalion
Enlistment date4 January 1915
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name11th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/16/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 2 June 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Horse Regiment
FateDied of wounds 17 October 1918
Place of burialDamascus British War Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 53), Syria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
8
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Angus and Mary MCDONALD, 100 Carlton Parade, Torrensville, Adelaide
Other details

War service; Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 25 August 1915; taken on strength of 9th Light Horse Regiment, Anzac, 29 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 26 December 1915.

To School of Instruction, Heliopolis, 5 February 1916.

Taken on strength of 11th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis, 22 February 1916.

Found guilty, 15 March 1916, of (1) being absent from guard after being duly warned; (2) being absent without leave from 1600 hours, until 2200 hours, 13 March 1916; (3) absent from 0630 parade, 14 March 1916: award, admonished, and forfeits 1 day's pay by Royal Warrant.

Marched into Corps Troops and General Base Depot, Tel el Kebir, from Cairo Town Picquet, 26 April 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 11 May 1916 (gonorrhoea); transferred to No 4 Hospital Train, 12 May 1916; to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 12 May 1916; discharged, 15 June 1916; marched into 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 16 June 1916.

Marched into Isolation Hospital, Moascar, 26 September 1916; marched out of Isolation Hospital, 1 October 1916; marched into 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, no date stated.

Taken on strength of 11th Light Horse Regiment, Serapeum, 12 October 1916.

Marched into 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 24 February 1917.

Rejoined 11th Light Horse Regiment, 8 March 1917.

Promoted Lance Sergeant, Ferry Post, 12 March 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 19 May 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 18 July 1917.

Detached to Gas School, Tel el Kebir, 31 August 1917; rejoined unit, El Fukhari, 4 September 1917.

Found guilty, 4 September 1917, of being absent without leave from 0930 hours, 2 September 1917, until 0930 hours, 3 September 1917: award, reprimanded, and forfeits 2 days' pay.

To Rest Camp, Port Said, El Fara, 24 September 1917; rejoined unit, El Fara, 10 October 1917.

To Rest Camp, 10 March 1918; rejoined unit, Belah, 24 March 1918.

To Rest Camp, 9 August 1918; proceeded to Moascar, 1 September 1918; marched into 4th Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 1 September 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 6 September 1918; rejoined 11th Light Horse Regiment, 7 September 1918.

Admitted to No 4 Light Horse Field Ambulance, 8 October 1918 (pyrexia, not yet diagnosed); dangerously ill, 16 October 1918.

Died, No 4 Light Horse Field Ambulance, 17 October 1918 (pneumonia, and intestinal, not yet diagnosed).

Buried by Chaplain J. Best, El Kuneitra, Syria, 18 October 1918.

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

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