Ernest Arthur MCDONALD MM


MCDONALD, Ernest Arthur

Service Numbers: 1207, 517
Enlisted: 12 January 1915, Trafalgar, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Field Company Engineers
Born: Yarragon, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Yarragon, Baw Baw, Victoria
Schooling: Yarragon State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Bridge Builder
Died: Wounds, 18th General Hospital, Camiers, France, 31 October 1917
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
XXX. H. 13., Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Yarragon War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1207, Trafalgar, Victoria
28 Jun 1915: Involvement Driver, SN 1207, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Third Ypres
28 Jun 1915: Embarked Driver, SN 1207, 2nd Field Company Engineers, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
16 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 517, 2nd Field Company Engineers, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2nd Field Company Engineers
24 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 517, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Third Ypres, GSW face (eye) and arm
31 Oct 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 517, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Third Ypres
17 Dec 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Third Ypres, London Gazette Supplement 17 Dec 1917, page 13199

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gallipoli Association

A memorial card incorporating a studio portrait of Sapper Ernest Arthur McDonald, 2nd Field Company Engineers from Yarragon, Vic.

A bridge builder prior to enlisting in January 1915. He embarked from Melbourne with the 6th Reinforcements on board HMAT Berrima on 28 June 1915. He served at Gallipoli from August to December 1915.

Spr McDonald arrived in France for service on the Western Front on 30 March 1916. In September and again in October 1917 he was recommended for the Military Medal.

In October 1917 he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He was wounded in action #OTD in 1917 and died of his wounds on 31 October. L/Cpl McDonald is buried in Estaples Military Cemetery, he was 24 years of age.
In December 1917 L/Cpl McDonald was posthumously awarded the Military Medal.