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30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private James McDonald as the son of Mrs. Margaret Jane McDonald, of Doolargy, Carnteel, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone.
30/12/2015 Private James McDonald was killed in action during this battle on 28th March 1918.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 The 37th Field Ambulance was attached to the 12th (Eastern) Division. In March 1918 they moved by motor lorry from Busnes to Albert.
30/12/2015 Private James McDonald was serving with the 37th Field Ambulance in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
30/12/2015 James McDonald enlisted in Liverpool.
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 Family: Margaret Jane McDonald, James Robinson McDonald (born about 1896), Willie Thomas McDonald (born about 1899), Sarah Annie Mary McDonald (born about 1901).
30/12/2015 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.
30/12/2015 James Robinson McDonald was the son of Mrs. Margaret Jane McDonald (nee Robinson). James was born in Doolargy, Carnteel, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone about 1895.
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