Donald (aka Don KING) MATHESON

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MATHESON, Donald (aka Don KING)

Service Numbers: 2887, 570
Enlisted: 7 September 1914, Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Snake Valley, Victoria, 1880
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Cairns State School
Occupation: Horse breaker/Farmer/Pugilist
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 12 July 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Plot 1, Row E, Grave 2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Kurrawang Roll of Honour
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1900: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 2887, 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 570, Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
2 Nov 1914: Involvement Private, SN 570, 11th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Private, SN 570, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Donald and Jane Matheson; broither of Maud Coward and Mrs A, Blanchard, B. Matheson

There is some confusion as to where he was born. One record shows him born at Cairns, Queensland, while his official service record records him born at Ballarat, Victoria

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

From 1899-1902 he served in the South African (Boer War) War wi the Western Australian Contingent

"MATHESON-KING.- Killed in action at the Dardanelles, Don (better known as Don King, pugilist), beloved son of Donald Matheson, Marble Bar, and sincere friend of May Hall, Meekatharra.

He gave his life for his King and country." - from the Perth Western Mail 15 Oct 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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