Source: War Book of Upper Canada College
MacDonald, Donald Ryerson: Service no. 455942 / 511926
LIEUT. MACDONALD KILLED
Reverted to Ranks and Won Back His Commission on the Field.
Lieut. Donald R. Macdonald (sic), son of Mr. Frank MacDonald, Rowanwood avenue, was killed in action on August 16th. He his the youngest of three brothers serving at the front. He was only 19 years of age, and although he received his commission in Canada, he reverted to the ranks to get to the front quickly. After nine months’ service at the front, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant with an infantry battalion. He was a native of Toronto and a grandson of the the late Hon. Donald MacDonald. He was educated at Upper Canada College and Appleby Academy. His eldest brother, Capt. F. H.C. MacDonald now commands a forestry unit at the front; his second brother, Capt. H.H. MacDonald, is with the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was wounded in August last, and is now on his way to Egypt after recovering.
Source: Toronto Star – August 28, 1917.
MACDONALD, DONALD RYERSON; E. September ’07, after private tuition; aged 9-2; L. June ’10; son of F.E. Macdonald, Toronto. Enlisted, June 1915; Lt. 46th Regt.; 80th; 93rd;64th; resigned commn. and enlisted as Pte. with M.G.C. in order to go O.S.; O.S., April, 1916; France, June, 1916; transf’d 20th Bn., June, 1916; regained commn. with 18th Bn.; killed in action at Lens, August 16, 1917.
C & D in Front Line.
A Co in Tunnel B Co at
Lt Dougal & patrol of “C” Co men (Sgt. Routley and others) went to ALOOF trench about noon. Reported enemy defences strongly held and were fired on from different points. 2 of party being killed, 2 wounded. Finding themselves nearly surrounded they sent up SOS and returned behind it protection. An Officer’s patrol of Lt Dougall, McDonald & Sloane on returning from patrol had Mills grenade thrown at the by a man in “C” Co outpost killing Lt. McDonald.[i]
[i] This is the first instance of a recorded friendly fire incident in the War Diary.