Regiment : 48th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service number : 97901
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 16th August 1917 aged 19
Buried : Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.
Relatives : Son of Henry and Mary Grace McDonald, 9 Bowring St., Dingle, Liverpool
Memorial : Badsey Council School
Also appears on : Badsey St James's Church with the information: Pte. M.G.C.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Arthur McDonald was born on 17th May 1898, the son of Henry McDonald. He attended Badsey Council School from 3rd April 1905, it is not known when he left the school. The Badsey parish magazine of September 1916 reported that he had been severely wounded but was now in England and doing well. In September 1916 it was reported that he was still far from being convalescent and in February 1917 that he was quite incapacitated and making little progress.
In the parish magazine of October 1917:
A Memorial service was held at Badsey on September 19th for Private Arthur H L McDonald, who was killed in France on August 16th. Pte McDonald, who was a grandson of our late schoolmaster, was well-known in Badsey, where he spent his boyhood, and was one of whom those who knew him have none but the happiest memories. Enlisting in the King’s Liverpool Regiment he was subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and was carrying his gun when he fell. His last words were, “Take the gun, Corporal, I’m hit,” from which it would appear that his death was happily almost instantaneous. In the course of a letter to Private McDonald’s mother his Company Commander says: “You may be very proud of your son. No man has behaved more heroically since the beginning of the war then he did on the day he met his death.”
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Arthur McDonald has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Tyne Cot Memorial.