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McDonald, R.H., Act.L/Smn., 1917
In Naval Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle is the Commonwealth War Grave of KX/554 Leading Seaman Richard Honister McDonald, serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died 20/07/1917.

Colin Boyd has provided the following:

Richard was born on 8th January 1888. He was working as a miner living with his wife, Jane Hallcro at 8, East Percy Street, North Shields when he enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers on 2nd September 1914.

After transferring to the RNVR on 7th September 1914 he served in the Howe Battalion until he was invalided to the UK on 21st June 1915 with defective teeth.

After qualifying as a Stokes Gunner Richard joined the Anson Battalion in France on 26th November 1916 and served until 7th February 1917 when he was hospitalised with undisclosed symptoms.

He rejoined the Anson Battalion on 19th February 1917 and went sick again on 21st April 1917 with Sub-Acute Rheumatism.

After rejoining the Anson Battalion again on 2nd July 1917 Richard was posted as being killed in action on 20th July 1917.

(Note: At the time of his death his widow was living at 28, Back Street, Preston Village)

Richard Honister McDonald is remembered in North Shields on N34.11 and in Tynemouth on T36.14 page 18.

The CWGC entry for Leading Seaman McDonald

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk