WW1 British War Medal for dead Canadian Private 60th Battalion

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#415200 PTE D. MC MCDONALD. 60-CAN. INF.

  • David MacDonald
  • Born Glace Bay, Cape Breton N.S. on Dec. 13th 1892
  • Trade: miner
  • 5’ 7”, 165 lbs
  • Single
  • Enlisted July 28th 1915
  • Attestation July 29th 1915 Aldershot Ontario

Unit sailed from Quebec October 18th 1915.

Monthly pay= $20.

Enlisted in 40th Battalion then moved to the  60th Battalion.

Arrived in France (from England) on March 16th 1916.

Medical History:

  • November 2nd 1915 pleurisy (Frensham Hill Mil Farnham), discharged January 13th 1916
  • April 3rd 1916 pleurisy with effusion (No. 3 Can. Gen. Boulogne)
  • April 14th 1916 pleurisy with effusion (No. 14 Stn. Wimereux)
  • July 3rd 1916 paratyphoid (University War Hosp. Southampton)
  • July 12th 1916 paratyphoid (to Addington Hosp. Croydon)
  • August 1st 1916 paratyphoid (Mil. Shorncliffe), discharged October 2nd 1916
  • November 12th 1916 dangerously ill, bronchial pneumonia (2nd Eastern Gen. Brighton)
  • 18th November 1916 Second East Hospital Brighton (England) of Bronchial Pneumonia DIED

Note says he had 4 weeks of physical training starting on October 3rd 1916. That seems to have been the final blow to his health.

In his will of February 1916, he gives all his effects to his father.

Silver medal. Nice clean condition. Ribbon nice condition, little fraying at end.


The British War Medal is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War. Two versions of the medal were produced. About 6.5 million were struck in silver and 110,000 were struck in bronze, the latter for award to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps.