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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
John Douglas MacDonald
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John Douglas MacDonald Private Toronto Scottish Regiment (1940) Greaser SS Harbury (London, England) (1943) Canadian Merchant Navy January 11, 1940 (Toronto Scottish Regiment ) April 3, 1940 (medical discharge) January 17, 1942 (Canadian Merchant Navy) May 4, 1943 Halifax Memorial Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 179 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 10, September 7, and November 13 John Douglas MacDonald was the son of Myra MacDonald of Glace Bay, NS. John MacDonald enlisted on January 11, 1940 with the Toronto Scottish Regiment. He was honourably discharged on April 3, 1940 physically unfit under the existing standards at the time. On January 17, 1942 he enlisted in the Merchant Marine where he served until May 4, 1943 when his ship, the SS Harbury was torpedoed in the North Atlantic by U-boat 628. The SS Harbury was crossing with Convoy ONS-5, carrying 6129 tons of anthracite, coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke. Seven of the crew, including John MacDonald, were lost, forty-two survived.