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70290   Private James Robinson McDonald
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 37th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army)
Died: 28/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
James Robinson McDonald was the son of Mrs. Margaret Jane McDonald. James was born in Doolargy, Carnteel, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone about 1895. His father died when he was very young. His mother was a Tea and Grocer Merchant. James McDonald enlisted in Liverpool. Private James McDonald was serving with the 37th Field Ambulance in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Albert when he was killed in action on 28th March 1918.
Further Information
James Robinson McDonald was the son of Mrs. Margaret Jane McDonald (nee Robinson). James was born in Doolargy, Carnteel, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone about 1895.
The 1901 census records James R as age 5 living with the family at house 8 in Loughans, Tullyvar, County Tyrone. His mother was a shopkeeper. Her daughter was less than a year old, so her husband must have died in the last couple of years.
Family: Margaret Jane McDonald, James Robinson McDonald (born about 1896), Willie Thomas McDonald (born about 1899), Sarah Annie Mary McDonald (born about 1901).
The 1911 census lists James Robinson as age 15 living with the family in Doolargy, Tullyvar, Tyrone. James was still at school. His mother was a Tea and Grocer Merchant.
James McDonald enlisted in Liverpool.
Private James McDonald was serving with the 37th Field Ambulance in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
The 37th Field Ambulance was attached to the 12th (Eastern) Division. In March 1918 they moved by motor lorry from Busnes to Albert.
Soon after midday on 26 March 1918 (at the First Battle of Arras 1918), Germans were seen advancing down the slopes into the Ancre valley. They were also seen in large numbers to the south of Albert moving on Meaulte and Dernancourt and by 7pm Albert itself was full of them. The 7/Suffolks had to withdraw through the ruined town to west of the railway line. On the northern side too, it seemed that the Division was in great danger of being outflanked, for enemy had got to Grandcourt and Beaumont Hamel. All units came under increasing pressure as the enemy pressed on. Many enemy attacks were repelled with heavy casualties, although the Division suffered 1634 casualties in halting their advance. The Division was finally relieved by 47th (London) Division on 29 March and moved to Warloy.
Private James McDonald was killed in action during this battle on 28th March 1918.
The CWGC record Private James McDonald as the son of Mrs. Margaret Jane McDonald, of Doolargy, Carnteel, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Doolargy, Tullyvar Aughnacloy Census listing in Doolargy, Tullyvar 54.449732 -6.964316
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McDonald family Lists James R as age 5 living with the family at house 8 in Loughans, Tullyvar, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McDonald family Lists James Robinson as age 15 living with the family in Doolargy, Tullyvar, Tyrone
3 Royal Army Medical Corps Details of James McDonald
4 The Long, Long Trail Details of the 12th Division
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