David McDonald

Name: David Charles McDonald ‚Äč

Rank: Private

Service Number 675

Units Served: 32nd Battalion and 8th Machine Gun Company

Personal Details: David Charles McDonald was born March 1886 in Hallet South Australia. He was the son of Elizabeth and Charles McDonald

Enlistment Details: He enlisted on the 22nd July 1915 as a private from Adelaide at the age of 19 and 4 months

Details about his role in War: David Charles McDonald embarked from Adelaide on the 18th of November 1915 on the HMAT “Geelong” and disembarked in Suez Egypt on the 18th of December 1915.

Originally of the 32nd Battalion David was charged with negligently discharging a firearm on the 30th of December 1915 and was admonished. On the 11th March 1916 he was transferred to the 8th Machine Gun Company. 

He was wounded in the field on the 26th of October 1916 with gun shot wounds to the thigh, right shoulder and back in the battle of the Somme. He died of his wounds on the 2nd of November 1916 at the 36th Casualty Clearing Station.

Age at Death: 20 years 8months

Memorial Details: Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L’Abbe Plot V, Row D, Grave 10

Interesting Material: After the death of David Charles McDonald a nurse at the 36th Casualty clearing station wrote to Elizabeth speaking of David’s time in the hospital.

Commemorated by


Emily Cock

1st December 2008