MACDONALD, John Andrew

Service Number: 6609
Enlisted: 20 November 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Balranald, New South Wales, 31 March 1882
Home Town: Broome, Broome, Western Australia
Schooling: Essendon State School No 483, Scotch College Melbourne
Occupation: Pearler/Grazier
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery
Sp Mem A 10
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broome War Memorial 2, Essendon State School No 483 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

20 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6609, 28th Infantry Battalion, Perth, Western Australia
29 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6609, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6609, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6609, 28th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Smith and Emma Mary MACDONALD, 40 Park Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria

"In Memoriam

MACDONALD.— In memory of J. A. Macdonald, who was killed somewhere in France, Sept. 20th, 1917. 

Gone, but not forgotten. - (Inserted by his old friend, Walter Wallace.)" - from the Broome Nor-West Echo 21 Sep 1918 (

News has come to hand that Private John A. Macdonald only son of Mr. Smith Macdonald, of 40 Park street, Moonee Ponds, was reported as killed in action on 20th September. He enlisted in Western Australia. The deceased, who was in his 36th year, was educated at Essendon State school and Scotch College. He was a great athlete, being a famous runner and swimmer. He followed pastoral pursuits at Gingie station, Barwon River, N.S.W. and afterwards went to Broome, WA., where he engaged in pearling pursuits, in which he had large interests. On one occasion there he rescued three men from drowning.