McDonald, Charles John James


War Service:
Lance Corporal CHARLES JOHN JAMES McDONALD of the 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment died on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was 24.

On that July morning the battalion took part in the attack on the village of Montauban and in doing so incurred 446 casualties. 'B' Company of the 8th went into the attack dribbling four footballs which their company commander, Captain Billy Nevill, had bought for his platoons to kick as they crossed No Man’s Land. Captain Nevill was among those killed during the advance, but the story of the footballs is firmly entrenched in the history of the Great War.

Charles McDonald has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the memorial at Holy Trinity church, Sydenham.

He was the son of of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. McDonald, of 19, Acacia Rd., Sydenham. He was the husband of Kate McDonald, of 47 Willow Walk, Sydenham.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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