MacDONALD, William
(Service number 34710)

Aliases Billy
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 17 June 1887 Place of Birth Pleasant Valley, Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date 2 August 1916 Age 29 years 1 months
Address at Enlistment Lake Pukaki
Occupation Station manager
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mis Sarah MacDONALD (sister), Greenlands, Albury, South Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8½ inches. Weight 160 lbs. Chest measurement 33-37 inches. Complexion between dark & fair. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. No distinctive marks. Never off work through accident or sickness.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 20th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 21 July 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 3 June 1922 Age 35 years
Place of Death Glenlyon Station, Mackenzie Country
Cause Accident
Notices Timaru Herald, 5 June 1922; New Zealand Tablet, 22 June 1922
Memorial or Cemetery Fairlie Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Macdonald, widely known as Billy, was the third son of Alexander and Catherine Mary (née Walsh) Macdonald. Born on 17 June 1887 at Pleasant Valley near Geraldine, William was baptised Catholic on 3 July 1887 at Geraldine.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [03 September 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5544 0070434) [04 August 2016]; Evening Post, 20 & 30 October 1917, Timaru Herald, 27 October 1917, New Zealand Tablet, 22 June 1922 [x 2] (Papers Past) [03 & 04 September 2016; 04 March 2018]; Catholic Baptisms index (Christchurch Catholic Diocese CD held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [04 September 2016]; Timaru Herald, 5 June 1922 [x 2], 7 June 1922 (Timaru District Library) [05 September 2016]

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