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Name: Robert McDonnell Regimental Number: 830475 Rank: Lance Corporal Battalion: 44th Battalion Date of Birth: July 6, 1894 Place of Birth: Argyle, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: January 8, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba Address at Enlistment: 589 Flett St., Winnipeg, Manitoba Age at Enlistment: 21 Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Marital Status: Single Trade: Clerk Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: John McDonnell (Father) 589 Flett St., Winnipeg, Manitoba Date of Death: October 26, 1917 Age at Death: 23 Cemetery: Buttes New British Cemetery, Belgium Grave Reference: III. C. 15. Commemorated on Page 281 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 20 and June 2 Not Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial Robert McDonnell was born in Argyle, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia on July 6. 1894, the son of John and Agnes E. McDonnell. In 1916 the family was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Robert enlisted with the 144th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. of Winnipeg on January 8, 1916. He embarked Canada at Halifax on September 18, 1916 and disembarked in Liverpool, England on September 25, 1916. On January 1, 1917 he was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion and on February 26, 1917 drafted to the 44th Battalion. He arrived in France on March 22, 1917 and joined the unit in the field on April 20, 1917. On August 23, 1917 he was reported missing after action but later reported safe with the unit. He was appointed Lance Corporal on September 1, 1917. Lance Corporal Robert McDonnell was killed in action on October 26, 1917 during an attack south of Passchendaele.
Robert McDonnell
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