Joseph Kenneth DONALDSON


DONALDSON, Joseph Kenneth

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 6 May 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: 26 December 1886, place not yet discovered
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Consulting Engineer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

6 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 18th Infantry Battalion
25 Jun 1915: Involvement Lieutenant, 18th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Lieutenant, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Lieutenant J. Kenneth Donaldson (reported missing and wounded on August 22) left with B Company, 18th Battalion. He had previously had some years' experience in military matters, having originally joined the military forces as a private in St George's English Rifle Regiment and subsequently gained his commission early in 1912. This regiment later became the 31st Infantry under the Universal Training Act, and Lieutenant Donaldson was appointed as militia adjutant, which position he held about two years. In civil life he was connected with Mr. E. A. Julius, consulting engineer, Sydney. Lieutenant Donaldson is a son of the late Mr. John Donaldson of Brisbane, and of Mrs. C. T. Toppin, of Perth, Western Australia. He is married man, and his wife is now residing with her parents, Mr and Mrs Napier-North, of Doondi, Alma-street, Mosman.