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HAROLD McDONALD-4TH CANADIAN MACHINE GUN BN

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#1 BEAST

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:44 AM

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Harold McDonald was born in Elkhart, Indiana and in 1917, shortly after he graduated from high school; he enlisted in the Canadian Army.  He was assigned to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Battalion, arriving in France in August 1918.  He participated in Canada’s Hundred Days, the name given to the series of attacks made by the Canadian Corps between 8 August and 11 November 1918, during the Hundred Days Offensive of World War I.

 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:46 AM

His hat and uniform insignia

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:47 AM

His numbered war service badge

 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:49 AM

A photo of McDonald and his mates with a captured pickelhaub

 

 

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And a few souvenir buttons he brought home

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:58 AM

In late October 1918, he wrote a letter to his sister which was published in the local newspaper.  In it, he describes how a barrage fired by the Allied guns and the movement of his machine gun section.

 

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In 1919, he sent this letter home to his wife

 

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 05:05 AM

McDonald returned to Indiana, but died at an early age. 

 

The Canadian authorities were notified of his death:

 

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 05:57 PM

Nice complete group !   Great find.

 

 

 

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 06:19 AM

What a great little group from a local guy!  Thanks for sharing this little gem, E!



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 04:53 AM

Awesome!

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:30 AM

Thanks folks! Finding a Hoosier who served in the Canadian Army, let alone a MG unit, was just amazing.  I really am impressed with the Canadian archives who have digitized the personnel records. PTE McDonald's record was about 30 pages long. Even the number for his war service badge is recorded in his records. And the records are free and downloadable!



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Posted 01 July 2017 - 10:59 AM

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