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Angus Jack Donaldson

  • Service number
    • WWII 48602 AWMM
    • WWII 268269 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Jack Donaldson AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Photograph of Lieutenant Angus Jack Donaldson 48602, Image kindly provided by Patricia Scott (August 2017). Image may be subject to copyright.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Angus Jack AWMM
  • Surname
    Donaldson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack Donaldson AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 48602 AWMM
    • WWII 268269 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 August 1917 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 106 Chester Street AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. J.E. Donaldson (wife), 145 Victoria Street AWMM
  • Relationship status


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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Greying AWMM
    • Complexion, WWII AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Weight, WWII AWMM
      177 ib AWMM
    • Height, WWII AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Biographical information, provided by Mrs. Scott:

    Born to Angus Donaldson, a son of a coalminer, in Wishaw, Scotland, and Annie (known as Rita) nee Dwason, on 5 August 1917. Angus Jack Donaldson grew up with his sisters Edna and Mae and his brother Les at Chester St, Christchurch. He attended Boys High School. His first job was with 'Mackenzie & Willis' in the carpet dept. A job he secured, he reckoned, was because his father played tennis with Joe Willis.

    He later had a job in Auckland with 'Nat Woods & Co'. While in Auckland he joined the Waitemata Swimming and Surf Life Saving Club. Sometime later 'G H Landel Ltd
    ' in Wellington, who were importers of carpets, wanted him to work for them as their 2IC. After a short time with them however, he didnt like being away from family, he returned to Christchurch where he worked for 'J M Mitchell Ltd' initially in their carpect section but later on in the furniture dept.

    At the age of 24, when the war before out, both he and his brother Les, were at Burnham Camp together. For part of this time he was a troop commander of the armoured tank core (troop 12) in Waiouru. Then he was trained for commando in Gipsland, Queensland, Australia. He was Lieutenant in the Armoured Core.

    After the war, he returned for a short time to J M Mitchell Ltd to work but then later linked with Pat McGill, forming 'McGill & McDonaldson', an importing business in Manchester St, Christchurch, importing cutlery etc. However, this didn't last long, and AJ was then employed by 'LL Jones' (Leonard) who were also importers.

    He then secured a job with the Dairy Board. He resigned from there in 1961, after having been working with them in the later years part time as they didn't want him to resign.

    While he was driving a friend of the family to Ashburton, the man happened to mention that they were looking for an agent to promote a cistern valve. Being at the right place at the right time, AJ was able to secure a very big order of cisterns with valves. This led to further sucesses, leading to him being unable to keep up with the number of supplies, so he employed Les to help him. Finally Edward Gibbon Ltd. was born. It was named so because Edward Gibbon Ltd had begun in part of the store of Wakefield Metal Ltd. Edward Gibbon Ltd ended up being the biggest plumber merchant in Christchurch during its day. Then Lancaster Engineering was born. Alan, AJ's son, was part of this. Later they created 'Donaldson Holdings' which owned all the property. AWMM
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About death

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  • Cause of death
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  • External links
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.52 AWMM
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