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  cap badgePrivate Peter McDonald

1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: 9575

Peter McDonald grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Henry and Mary McDonald of 76 Buchanan St, Coatbridge. Peter's brother Private Bernard McDonald of the 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers was Killed in Action on the 01/07/1916 and another brother James Henry McDonald (9474) of the 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers (attached to the 5th Queens Royal (West Surrey) Regiment was a Military Medal winner (attached to the Indian Army) and was hospitalised in East Africa in early 1918. Peters half brother Company Sergeant Major Hugh Burns DCM MM of the 1st Battalion Cameronians was Killed in Action on the 12/04/1918. 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. All brothers Pensions were awarded to their mother Mary.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 76 Buchanan St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 27/01/1915 Cuinchy

Enlisted

Glasgow 1914

Employed

Tube Worker in the British Tube Works

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Woburn Abbey Cemetery (III. B. 10), Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Cuinchy remained during almost the whole of the war within range of German guns, and the cemeteries in the commune were made, so far as British troops are concerned, by fighting units and Field Ambulances. Woburn Abbey Cemetery was named from a house on the East side of it used as Battalion Headquarters and as a Dressing Station. It was begun by the Royal Berkshire Regiment in June 1915 and closed in January 1916 on account of its exposed situation, but a few further burials were made as late as April 1918. Plots II to V were added after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields East of Bethune. There are now over 550, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly half are unidentified and special memorials are erected to three soldiers from the United Kingdom known or believed to be buried among them.

Additional Information

Peter was originally buried in Harley Street Cemetery and was reburied in Woburn Abbey Cemetery (see Reburial photo). Also remembered on the St. Augustine's Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See Directory for Peter's brother Bernard and his half-brother Hugh's pages. See photos for Peter's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects (brother James mentioned), his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Woburn Abbey Cemetery, all the brothers Pension Records x 4, the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge and finally Peter's brother James' Service Medal and Award Rolls.

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