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John Hector Russell MacDonald

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John Hector Russell MacDonald
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Feb 1919
Place of Birth Katanning, Western Australia
Death 18 Jul 1942
Military Information
Reg Number WX7572
Date of Enlistment 6 Aug 1940
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 2/28th Australian Infantry Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Killed in action 18 Jul 1942
Monument(s) Armadale War Memorial
El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein, Marsa Matruh, Egypt
Australian War Memorial Australian War Memorial
Medals 1939-45 Star
Africa Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

War Service

On 17 Jul 1942 the 2/28th Battalion was reserve battalion for an attack on Ruin Ridge. That evening they moved forward and gained ground that was not occupied buy the enemy and while holding it the next day they were 'intermittently' shelled with 88 mm air burst shells. It appears that John was a casualty of this shelling by the Germans.


  • El Alamein Cemetery and Memorial
  • John MacDonald's gravesite


Parents were Hector John and Sarah MacDonald of Armadale, Western Australia.

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