McDonald, James Robert

Regimental Number: 101377
Rank: Private
Branch: 49th Battalion

James was born on March 29, 1883 in Embro, Ontario. He came to the Beaverlodge area in 1911 and filed on a homestead at NW 14-71-9-W6. Later he also purchased 13-71-10-W6. In September of 1915, James enlisted in the Canadian army. He received a gunshot wound to his right hip in September of 1916 at Courcelette; it was severe but caused no disability. However, while on sick leave in London in November of that year, James was run over by a bus on Oxford street, causing a fracture of his left leg just above the ankle. He was sent back to Canada in July of 1917 and discharged in August of 1918, having been found medically unfit due to this injury. This injury affected James the rest of his life. He died in Edmonton on August 16, 1929.

Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies p. 357