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The following records have been discerned for Private William Donald by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry. Son of Agnes Hunter and William Donald. Listed among those on Barnardo Homes 'Faithful Unto Death' report of the 677 boys who gave their lives in World War One.
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
Name: William Donald
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1898
Registration district: Poplar
Inferred County: London
Volume Number: 1c
Page Number: 1015
Spouse: Agnes Hunter
1901 English Census records place the family of Agnes and William Donald in West Ham, Plaistow, Essex, England. In residence was their son William (2) and daughter Jannie Ann Knox (1). William was a general labourer by trade.
Library and Archives Canada
Given Name(s): William
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1907-09-12
Port of Arrival: Quebec
Date of Arrival: 1907-09-22
Year of Arrival: 1907
Party: Barnardo Homes
Destination: Toronto, Ontario
Comments: See also reel T-528 (manifest index) and RG76, Central Registry Files, volume 51, file 2209, part 2, reel C-4716
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T–492
Children travelling together: Q07BQ
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1a
Item Number: 63994
1911 Canadian Census records place William Donald as a Labourer in the household of Elizabeth and Garfild Wingrove in Vespra, Simcoe, Ontario. William was 12, born in Oct 1898 and had immigrated from England in 1907.
1911 English Census records place Jane Ann Knox Donald as a Boarder in the household of Jane Brunning, Foster Mother, of 31 Coronation Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, England. She was 11 years of age born about 1900, in Blackfriars, London, England. She was attending school.
Attestation papers were signed 30 Aug 1915 in Toronto, Ontario. William Donald Jr. was born 4 Oct 1895 (Actually born in 1898) in Edinburgh, Scotland (Lambeth, London, England). He was a Teamster, Farm hand by trade. His Next of Kin was William Donald Sr. of 100 Sutton Road, South End in Sea, Essex, England. He had 1 year at Norfolk Navy Cadet Training School. 5'3" in height with blue eyes and fair hair. His religion was noted as Presbyterian.
Ups and Downs Magazine for Barnardo Homes published in Canada notes that William Donald had enlisted in the Overseas Canadian Forces in Jul 1916. He was noted as Killed in Action or had Died of Wounds in their Jan 1918 edition. It was also noted that William had arrived in 1907.
Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he Died of Wounds after suffering a gunshot wound to the head four days prior, and succumbed to his wounds at No. 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne, Nord Pas de Calais, France. It is noted that this attack was in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge, and he was wounded about 3pm on 10 Apr 1917. His Next of Kin was William Donald of 30 Chargable Street, Plaistow, London, England. He was buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nord Pas de Calais, France. Plot: IV. D. 24.
Find A Grave Memorial# 56254841