Born: 1865, Belfort, Scotland.

Died: 29th April 1915; age: 49; died from an accident at Warren Heath – Robert was about to shoe a mule when the animal kicked him in the stomach and ruptured his small intestine. He died a few hours later.

Residence: 47, Thorndyke Street, Belfast.

Occupation: Carter & Blacksmith.

Re-enlisted on the outbreak of war.


Rank: Farrier Sergeant; Service Number: 8005.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 18th Division Artillery.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Father: Hamilton McDonald, a Farm Labourer.

Mother: Mary Ann McDonald.

Robert and his 7 siblings lived at Ballystockart, Comber.


On the 6th January 1902, at St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast, Robert married Jane Patterson (nee Longridge).

Jane had eight children from her first marriage. Robert and Jane had five children:

Jane McDonald, born February 1903, born 47, Thorndyke Street, Belfast.

Elizabeth McDonald, born March 1905, born 82, Thorndyke Street, Belfast.

Maud McDonald, born May 1907, 82, Thorndyke Street, Belfast.

Nanette McDonald, born August 1909, 47, Thorndyke Street, Belfast.

Samuel McDonald, born October 1911, 47, Thorndyke Street, Belfast.



Soldiers’ Effects to Jane McDonald – widow.


Evening Star – Friday, 30th April 1915 – MILITARY FUNERAL AT IPSWICHThe funeral of the late Farrier-Sergt. McDonald will take place on Saturday 1st May, leaving the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital at 3:15 p.m., with full military honours. The deceased died as a result of being kicked by a mule on Thursday, 29th April at Warren Heath Camp.


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