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Title: James McDonald
Formatted Name: McDonald, James Michael
Rank: Sergeant
Place of Birth: Gladesville (N.S.W.)
Biographical notes: James was born in Gladesville, Sydney, to James and Kate McDonald. He was orphaned at the age of 11. James was a frequent correspondent to the Northern Territory Times and Gazette during the war. He served in Gallipoli and France. After the war he was involved in the construction of the Katherine railway bridge. He was President of the Returned Services League (RSL) for one year. James became a lighthouse keeper at Cape Don for six months and was caretaker of the RSL in Darwin from 1946.
Occupation: Carpenter
Age at Enlistment: 25
Unit: 9th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1951-11-21
Place of Death: Pine Creek
Place of Burial: Katherine
Service History: Embarked from Darwin on 'Taiyuan' on 4th March 1915 to enlist, with Neil Boyle; J.T. Johnson; Lucian Porter Wetherby; R.W. Stirling; Percy Clifton Reaby; Charles Birfield Dickason; G. Classen; Jeremiah Buckley and J. Beattie. The unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A63 'Karoola' on 12 June 1915. Returned to Australia 21 March 1919 on 'Kildonian Castle'. He also served in WW2 as D301 in Darwin in the AASC.
Related link: "Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 14 December 1916: p.18.
Mention in despatches
Nominal Roll
From Anzac to the Hindenburg Line : the history of the 9th Battalion, A.I.F. by Norman K. Harvey. Uckfield, East Essex, U.K. : The Naval & Military Press in association with Imperial War Museum, 2009.
Campaigning with the fighting 9th (in and out of the line with the 9BN A.I.F.) 1914-1919 by C.M. Wrench. Brisbane : Boolarong Publications for 9th Battalions Association, 1985.
Distinguished Conduct Medal - Citation
Embarkation Roll - HMAT 'Karoola' A63
"Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 21 June 1917: p.13.
"Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 27 September 1919: p.5.
Darwin Returned Servicemens' League (RSL) : A Concise History of its Conception and Development by Clive Francis Geddes. Darwin : Clive Francis Geddes, 2011: p.51-52.
"Pine Creek News", Northern Standard, 20 November 1928: p.1.
"Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 26 October 1918: p.28.
"Letter from Dave Whiteford", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 1 February 1919: p.21.
"Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 21 September 1918: p.15.
Service Record
"Letter", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 28 December 1916: p.15.
Unit War Diary
"Soldiers letters", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 16 March 1916: p.15.
"Our boys at the Front - some graphic letters", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 8 November 1917: p.21.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
World War, 1914-1918
Northern Territory
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