McDONALD, Donald James
(Service number 3/96A)

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Date 29 May 1893 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 22 Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Occupation Education Department employee
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. McDONALD (father), 22 Elizabeth Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Medical Corps
Date 16 October 1914
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 30 January 1946 Age 52 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Notices Ashburton Guardian, 31 January 1946
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley Crematorium, Christchurch
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Donald James McDonald was born on 29 May 1893 at Lyttelton, the older son of John and Rose (née O’Neill) McDonald. He transferred to Timaru Main School from Waltham, Christchurch, when he was six years old. Donald was employed by the Education Department and living at home in Timaru when he enlisted. Private McDonald was attached to the New Zealand Medical Corps when he embarked with the Main Body on 16 October 1914.

Donald James McDonald married Ida Mary Victoria Palmer in 1920. He died on 30 January 1946 at Christchurch, and late of Hinds, aged 52 years, and was cremated at Bromley, Christchurch.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 January 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 January 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [12 January 2021]; Ashburton Guardian, 31 January 1946 (Papers Past) [16 January 2021]

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