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William Forestr McDONALD

Regimental number5294
AddressPittwater Road, Brookvale, via Manly, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs L A McDonald, Pittwater Road, Brookvale, via Manly, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Makarini on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Traffic Control
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For valuable services while on traffic duty; also for gallant act of rescue.' (Near Ypres 19 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919

Military Medal

'During the night of 19th September, 1917, Pte. McDONALD was on traffic duty at ZILLEBEKE corner near YPRES. The enemy commenced to shell his post very heavily and one shell blew up a small bomb dump in the vicinity. On seeing a wounded man crawling about amongst the exploding bombs, Pte. McDONALD, at great personal risk, succeeded in dragging the man out of danger. He was severely wounded in the shoulder in so doing.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 November 1959
Place of burialLiverpool Cemetery

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