Hugh Rennie MCDONALD

MCDONALD, Hugh Rennie

Service Number: 1781
Enlisted: 17 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 9 July 1889
Home Town: Unley, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Basket Range Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Killed in Action, France , 3 July 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Plot XIII, Row F, Grave No. 2, Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Basket Range WW1 Memorial, Lenswood & Forest Range War Memorial, Lobethal WW1 Roll of Honor, Lobethal War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1781, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1781, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1781, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
3 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 1781, 48th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

Hugh Rennie McDonald

Hugh Rennie McDonald was born in Adelaide on the 9th July 1889. He worked as a gardener. McDonald enlisted on the 25th August 1915, giving his age as 26 and next of kin as his mother, Mrs Rose McDonald of Unley.
McDonald left Adelaide on HMAT Borda on the 11th January 1916, but was seriously ill with cerebo-spinal meningitis and was hospitalised in Egypt on the 21st March. When his condition only showed slight improvement he was transferred to hospital in Portsmouth, England. Upon recovering McDonald joined the 32nd Battalion in France on the 21st January 1917.
On the 6th March 1917 he was wounded in action receiving a severe gunshot wound to his left side. His next of kin was advised of this on the 24th March. McDonald was discharged from Dartford Hospital {U.K} and upon completing furlough on the 3rd of June he proceeded to France where he joined the 48th Battalion.On the 9th August 1917 he was wounded in action for a second time. McDonald was then granted leave in England, rejoining his battalion in France on the 23rd March 1918. He was appointed Lance Corporal on the 5th May. On the 3rd July McDonald was killed in action.


United in Death

My Great Uncle 3939 Pte. Carl Ture Hergstrom was shot while carrying 1781 Lce./Cpl. H. R. McDonald on a stretcher to the aid station.

Unfortunately neither of them survived

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My Great Uncle 3939 Pte. Carl Ture Hergstrom (/explore/people/144980) was shot while carrying 1781 Lce./Cpl. H. R. McDonald on a stretcher to the aid station.

Unfortunately neither of them survived. - Dave Hergstrom