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70290   Private James Robinson McDonald
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/08/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 37th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 02/11/1895
Died: 28/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
James Robinson McDonald was the oldest son of Thomas and Margaret Jane McDonald. He was born on 2nd November 1895 in Doolargy, Carnteel, Aughnacloy. He was the oldest of three children. 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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial
  Albert, Somme, 
Grave Ref: Panel 95
CWGC Casualty 1584703
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Aughnacloy Presbyterian Church - WWI Roll of Honour Aughnacloy
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 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Ballygawley Higgins & McDonald, tea merchants
3 1911 Census lists McDonald family Lists James Robinson as age 15 living with the family in Doolargy, Tullyvar, Tyrone
4 Photo of Private James McDonald's inscription
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private James McDonald
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 Royal Army Medical Corps Details of James McDonald
8 The Long, Long Trail Details of the 12th Division
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023