James Arthur DONALD

DONALD, James Arthur

Service Number: 4790
Enlisted: 22 January 1916, Enoggera, Qld.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Bundaberg, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Duningal State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, 36th Casualty Clearing Station, France, 36th Casualty Clearing Station, Picardie, France, 15 November 1916
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booyal Central School Fallen Heroes, Booyal Central School Roll of Honour, Booyal Fallen Comrades Honour Roll, Booyal Roll of Honor, Bundaberg War Memorial, Childers Memorial Hall (Isis District Pictorial War Memorial), Gin Gin War Memorial, Isis District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4790, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enoggera, Qld.
12 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 4790, 25th Infantry Battalion
12 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 4790, 25th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mooltan, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of  Alexander and Fanny DONALD, Booyal, via Childers, Queensland. 

Mrs. Donald, of the Goodnight Scrub, was yesterday, officially informed of the death of her son, Private James Arthur Donald, of the 25th Battalion, who was killed in action in France.
Private J.A. Donald, who was 23 years, of age, was a native of South Bingera, and was a typical specimen of the Queensland bushman. A few years back he took up a selection in  the Goodnight Scrub, and had every confidence in the future of that district. Early in the year he obeyed his country's call and, with his younger brother enlisted for active service  abroad. He was hopeful that by the time he returned from the war railway communication would be established with the Goodnight Scrub, and that he would thus be enabled to  profitably carry on farming pursuits. The two brothers joined the transport in April, and they, after a brief sojourn in Egypt, proceeded to Salisbury plains, from where, after a course of training, they were transferred to France. Letters just received by Mrs. Donald from her two sons are addressed from somewhere in Belgium." They left England with the late Captain J. E. Nix, and were with him when he lost his life early in November. The two eldest sons of Mrs Donald are married, and are also selectors, and to them and the bereaved mother most sincere sympathy will be extended in their bereavement. Queensland can ill spare such noble men as the late soldier. It is such as he that have made Australia the progressive country it is recognised to be. Mr. H. Epps, Clerk of the Isis Shire Council wrote Mrs. Donald under date November 29 --Dear Madam— It is with the  utmost regret that I have to advise the death of your son Pte. J. A. Donald of the 23rd Batt., and to convey to you the deep sym pathy of the King, Queen, and Commonwealth in  the loss you and the Army have attained. The details are necessarily meagre but as far as has been ascertained the death took place at the 96th Casualty Clearing Station on the  15th instant, and was consequent upon wounds previously received. Some time must elapse before further particulars are available, when they will be supplied to you by the officer in charge Base Records, Melbourne to whom all inquiries should be addressed. My Council desire me to express their sincere sympathy with you in this hour of your very great bereavement.