Roll of Honour of the 710 men of Hyde who fell in WW1
Lance Corporal D/12944 James McDONALD of 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own), Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps)
Killed in Action Thursday 4th April 1918, France , age 35
|Of:||13 Longley Terrace, Hoyle Mill, Barnsley, Yorkshire|
|Born:||1883, Liverpool, Lancashire|
|Parents:||Mary Ann McDonald and Patrick McDonald of 8 Castle Street, Newton, Hyde, Cheshire|
|Marital status:||Married to Jemima McDonald (née Cartwright) of 13 Longley Terrace, Hoyle Mill, Barnsley, Yorkshire|
|He enlisted in:||Pontefract, Yorkshire|
|Remembered on:||Grave/Panel II. N. 24. of the memorial in Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, France|
|Link with Hyde:||Lived in Hyde|
|Notes:||Name spelt as James MacDonald in 1921 Unveiling Booklet.|
Lance Corporal James McDonald age 35 of the Dragoon Guards, resided at Hall Street, Middleton, and had served 16 years in the army. Being in the reserve, he was called up on the 4th August, going to the front in November.
He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the king of the Belgians for distinguished service.
Lance Corporal James's Captain wrote to his Wife stating: "it is my painful duty to write to tell you that your husband was killed instantaneously by shell fire we were going into action. I deeply sympathise with your loss. He was a very gallant soldier and always displayed great coolness and courage in the face of the enemy, and was a fine example to all ranks".