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John McDonald (a.k.a. McDonnell)

Rank: Private
Street: 29 Thistle Street
Town/Village: Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Lisryan, Co. Longford; 5 Pond Row, Hill of Beath, Beath, Scotland;
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Resident at 4 Pretoria Place, Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 5th Battalion/ [3rd Battalion]
Regiment Number: 5320
Date of Death: 20-07-1917
Cause: Malaria, 31st Casualty Clearing Station, Salonika
Memorial: Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece

John was born 14 April 1876 in Lisryan, Co. Longford; his surname was registered as McDonnell. By the early 20th century, John was living in Scotland, and had moved to Beath by 1908. In that year, John married Hannah Donnelly, who was living in Beath. Prior to the war, John was working as a miner in Cowdenbeath.

Pte McDonald enlisted in Lochgilly, Scotland and went to the Salonika front in October 1915, but died of malarial fever on the 20 July 1917.

John was likely originally buried in the Janes Military Cemetery, to the north of Sarigol; in 1921 560 soldiers graves were relocated to Sarigol. 

Parents Names: Son of Felix McDonald and Eliza "Lizzie" (née Mulligan)
Notes: Many thanks to Brian McArthur of the Cowdenbeath War Memorial website (link below) for the biographical information on Pte McDonald.

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of birthlink to Cowdenbeath War Memorial website

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