Service Number: 1697
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Signal Company Engineers
Born: Axedale, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Burnley, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engine-cleaner
Died: 4 March 1942, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1915: Involvement Sapper, SN 1697, 1st Signal Company Engineers
27 Oct 1915: Embarked Sapper, SN 1697, 1st Signal Company Engineers, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Terry Cook

1697 Private David Donaldson, 11th Reinforcements, 1st Divisional Signal Company, of Oxedale, Vic.

Pte Donaldson enlisted on 17 July 1915 and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ulysses on 27 October 1915.

He was awarded the Military Medal (MM) on 14 October 1917 for: 'considerable bravery in persistently patrolling and mending telephone lines between Hooge and Clapham Junction'.

On 11 March 1918 he was wounded in action (gassed). Pte Donaldson was promoted to lance corporal on 26 October 1918 and returned to Australia on 12 April 1919.