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Donald Gordon McMillan

Memorial plaque at Karori Cemetery (Rom Cath Plot 86 A) provided by Sarndra Lees August 2013 - Image has All Rights Reserved.

Memorial plaque at Karori Cemetery (Rom Cath Plot 86 A) provided by Sarndra Lees August 2013 - Image …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    McMillan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/59 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 89 Rintoul Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John McMillan (father), 89 Rintoul Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Samoa AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Aug 1914 AWMM
      Capture of Samoa, WW1 AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 2/59 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      London Gazette, 10 December 1919, p15398: 'On 27th September 1918 near Moeuvres, he went forward as forward observation officer and finding the infantry held up by machine gun fire on the bank of the Canal du Nord he gallantly organised sniping parties with Lewis guns and rifles, and with his own signallers did excellent work, shooting eight of the enemy including several machine gunners working the guns. Afterwards he pressed forward under heavy machine gun fire and sent back valuable information to the brigade. He has constantly done good work throughout the last month's strenuous fighting.' - 'London Gazette'- 10/12/1919 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Donald McMillan was the son of John and Caroline Evelyn McMillan of 47 Roy Street, Wellington, New Zealand, formerly of Scotland.

      Served in Samoa and at Gallipoli.

      McMillan was originally buried at St Olle and was reburied in a grave on the north side of the Porte-de-Paris Cemetery. He is the only New Zealander buried in this cemetery.

      Enlisted and taken on strength D Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery, Samoan Expeditionary Force, 8 August 1914.
      Embarked Wellington and proceeded overseas for German Samoa, 14 August 1914; disembarked at Noumea, French New Caledonia, 21 August 1914; re-embarked that same day and remained on ship while expedition transports and escorting warships underwent coaling the next day. Samoan Expeditionary Force left Noumea on 23 August 1914.
      Landed at Apia, German Samoa, with rest of D Battery, 30 August 1914.
      Embarked from German Samoa for New Zealand, 12 March 1915. Arrived in New Zealand, 23 March 1915.
      Transferred to 6th (Howitzer) Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery. Promoted to rank of Bombardier, 17 May 1915.
      Embarked overseas for Egypt with 5th Reinforcements, 13 June 1915.
      Appointed Acting Corporal, 30 November 1915: promoted Corporal, 22 January 1916.
      Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 28 February 1916.
      Embarked from Alexandria, Egypt, and proceeded overseas to France, April 1916.
      Promoted Sergeant, 28 May 1916.
      Marched in Cadet Unit for NZEF Commissions, France, 27 May 1917: Joined No 1 Officer Cadet School, Royal Field Artillery, St John's Wood, London, England, 8 June 1917.
      Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant.
      Reported from Officer Cadet School and taken on strength, New Zealand Field Artillery Reserve Depot, Chadderton Camp, Royton, Lancashire,1917.
      Marched out of New Zealand Field Artillery Reserve Depot, and proceeded overseas to France, 27 November 1917.

      Arrived from Base Depot and posted to 5th Battery, 2nd (Army) Brigade, New Zealand Field Artillery, in the field, 16 March 1918.
      Reported wounded, 18 April 1918: admitted to No 2 New Zealand General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, England, 27 April 1918; transferred to New Zealand Officers' Convalescent Home, Brighton, 25 May 1918; to No 2 New Zealand General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, 11 June 1918; discharged and taken on strength Headquarters, NZEF, London, 17 June 1918.
      Marched in to New Zealand Field Artillery Reserve Depot, Ewshott Barracks, Fleet, Hampshire, 17 July 1918: available for service overseas, 22 July 1918.
      Struck off strength New Zealand Field Artillery Reserve Depot, and proceeded overseas to France, 5 August 1918.
      Taken on strength and posted to 6th (Howitzer) Battery, 2nd (Army) Brigade, New Zealand Field Artillery, 9 August 1918: joined unit in the field, 11 August 1918.
      Killed in action, 28 September 1918.
      Note on file: 'Buried isolated grave 10 yards from south side of Cantaing-Proville Road, 24 miles southwest of Cambrai' (report by 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, 8 October 1918).
      Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

      Parents: John and Caroline Evelyn McMillan, 47 Roy Street, Wellington, formerly of Scotland. Native of Dunedin. AWMM
    • 2nd Lt McMillan was known by his second name, Gordon. Public - Donald Antony John - Direct descendant - 6 December 2016 - Family history.
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About death

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  • Death
    28 September 1918 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    HavrincourtFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Porte-de-Paris Cemetery, Cambrai, France AWMM 7052 (privately owned grave) AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • DG McMillan was a Public Trust officer in Wellington and is commemorated on a bronze plaque along with 25 other Public Trust staff who died in the Great War. The plaque is in the Wellington Customer Centre of the Public Trust.
    Public - Deborah - Researcher - 13 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
03 March 2018AdamSanta Monica, USAResearcher
06 December 2016Donald Antony JohnKapiti, NZDirect descendant
06 August 2016AllanRotoruaResearcher
13 April 2015Deborah WellingtonResearcher

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