Alfred Robert (Alf) MACDONALD (MCDONALD)

MACDONALD (MCDONALD), Alfred Robert

Service Numbers: 2411, VX101279, V145472
Enlisted: 27 April 1915, Swan Hill, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6 Auxiliary Horse Transport Company (AASC)
Born: Balranald, New South Wales, 31 March 1897
Home Town: Swan Hill, Swan Hill, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Swan Hill, Victoria, 1962
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

27 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2411, Swan Hill, Victoria
16 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2411, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2411, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
3 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2411, 5th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
17 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 57th Infantry Battalion
27 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 57th Infantry Battalion
2 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 57th Infantry Battalion
23 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 57th Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 2411, 57th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux, Gas
29 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 2411, 57th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal, 2nd occasion - GSW (right ankle)
5 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 2411, 57th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

17 Sep 1942: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX101279, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
18 Sep 1942: Involvement SN V145472
3 Feb 1944: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN VX101279, 6 Auxiliary Horse Transport Company (AASC)

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Biography contributed by Victor Stewart

Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au) has incorrectly spelled Surname MCDONALD

Alf in 1915 enlisted with the AIF for service abroad and saw action with the 5th Infantry Battalion in Gallipoli. On his return to Egypt, Alf joined the 57th Infantry Battalion on its formation at Tel-El-Kebir.

The 57th Infantry Battalion was raised in Egypt on 18 February 1916 as part of the doubling of the AIF. Half of its recruits were Gallipoli veterans from the 5th Battalion and the other half fresh reinforcements from Australia. In June 1916, the Battalion moved from Egypt to France as part of the move of the Australian Divsions to the Western Front. This led to Alf participating in some of the most significant actions on the Western Front involving Australian troops, including the battles of Fromelles (July 1916), Villers-Bretonneux (April 1918), Peronne (September 1918) and the Hindenberg Line (September 1918).

Alf was gassed during the legendary counter attack on 25 April 1918 by the 15th Brigade led by General Pompey  that recaptured Villers Bretonneux and turned the tide of the War. He was wounded a second time in the Battle for St Quentin Canal on 29 September 1918.

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