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  cap badgePrivate Bernard McDonald

1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 6623

Bernard McDonald grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Henry and Mary McDonald of 76 Buchanan St, Coatbridge. Bernards brother Private Peter McDonald of the 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 27/01/1915 (see index) His other brother Harry of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers was hospitalised in East Africa in early 1918 and his half-brother Company Sergeant Major Hugh Burns DCM,MM of the 1st Battalion Cameronians was Killed in Action on the 12/04/1918 (see index). From the 1901 Census - Address - 58 English Square, Coatbridge - Henry Macdonald aged 40, Mary Macdonald aged 34, John Macdonald aged 9, Peter Macdonald aged 7, Bernard Macdonald aged 3, Agnes Macdonald aged 1

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 76 Buchanan St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 01/07/1916 Somme

Enlisted

Berwick 26/09/1913 as Reservist

Employed

Labourer in the British Tube Works / Reservist

Age

19

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

Bernard was Killed in Action on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme where over 19,000 British soldiers were killed on that disastrous 1st day. 14 other men from the Memorial fell on this day. Bernard enlisted as a Reservist on the 26/09/1913. Huge thanks to David Owens for Bernards British War Medal x 2, his Renewal Form and his Remembered with Honour Form. Also remembered on the St Augustines Church Roll of Honour and Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Bernards Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 3, his British War Medal x 2. his Renewal Form, his name on the Thiepval Memorial, his name on the Thiepval Memorial Panel List, his CWGC Grave Registration, his Service Records x 27, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his Remembered with Honour Form and his Kings Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge

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Comments
David, if you would like a photo of Bernards Medal on his page please send to me through contact us page
John McCann, Belfast, 03/06/2020 8:24AM
Purchased Bernard’s war medal last year at auction.
David Durran, Coatbridge , 03/06/2020 3:57AM

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