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Walter Barr McDonald

Portrait, Walter McDonald WW1 in uniform, cap, great coat - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Barr AWMM
  • Surname
    McDonald AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    McDonald AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 54767 AWMM
    • WWII 1/20/431 AWMM
    • WWII 527069 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 April 1897 AWMM WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs E.A. McDonald (mother), Kamo, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Mrs M.B. McDonald (wife), Umawera, Hokianga County, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 July 1917 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Married AWMM
      Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • World War 2/wars AWMM
      France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
      Created during migration for ww2 records that were listed as western front and need to be corrected AWMM
    • Passchendaele AWMM
    • Somme AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 54767 AWMM
    • WWII 1/20/431 AWMM
    • WWII 527069 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 9.75 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      20 May 1918 gunshot wound to left forearm AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • WW1 20 August 1919 AWMM
      End of war AWMM
      Private AWMM
    • WW2 20 September 1942 AWMM
      Discharged Grade 2 AWMM
      Corporal/Military AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served in WW1 and during WW2 in Coastal Defences

    NZEF Private 2 years 3 months 10 days; returned to New Zealand on SS Briton

    Married Mary Baillie Kennedy of Umawera 1928.

    Executive with the North Hokianga Returned Services Association

    His eldest son writes "Prior to ANZAC Day, he would ride around the Umawera district, on horse back selling poppies. Nobody escaped, he was regarded as the best Poppy seller about."

    "During "McDonald's time in the army in 1939-1945 and on an NCO's course at Narrow Neck Military Camp. There was a Machine Gun training exercise, under the watchful of one Captain Bill Bates. "Bates" gave the range, on the target out on the water, the first half dozen gun crews under shot the target. MacDonald being the number 1 in his crew and having been attached to the MG Coy in France WW1 raised the sights of the MG and splayed the target. "Bates" was ecstatic and upon asking McDonald how his crew managed to hit the target, McDonald replied - well Sir, we raised the sights Sir, it was either them or us Sir. The other crews got toweled off by Bates which was not too gentle for their inability to use their initiative."

    Also while at Narrow Neck and on the first day of inspection by Bates, McDonald was called to the front of the parade as an example as to how Boots, Brass buttons and leather bandoliers should shine on parade on the bullring" AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 January 1968 AWMM
    Age 70 AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Maunu Cemetery, Cemetery Road off State Highway 14, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand AWMM Forest Lawn FL Plot 1785 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: NZ Herald 24 -25 January 1968

    Death notice: Northern Advocate 24-25 January 1968 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      69: 17 AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      McDonald, M.S. (2006). That was my father. WB (Barney) McDonald. Unpublished biographical account by his eldest son. On ACF file AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: NZ Herald 24 -25 January 1968 AWMM
    • Northern Advocate AWMM
      Death notice: Northern Advocate 24-25 January 1968 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
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