A Colonial Auxiliary Forces Pair to the 94th Victoria Regiment
A Colonial Auxiliary Forces Pair to the 94th Victoria Regiment - Colonial Auxiliary Long Service Medal, George V (LIEUT. J.A. McDONALD 94TH. REGT.); and Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration, George V (Lieut. John A. McDonald. 94th Regt.). Naming is officially impressed on both the Medal and the Decoration, the latter maker marked "V&S", hallmarked with the British Lion, an anchor (made in Birmingham) and date marked "o" (1913) on its reverse. Court-mounted, very light contact, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Officers' Declaration Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records and Certificate of Service. Footnote: John Allan McDonald was born on August 3, 1877 in Iona, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. McDonald had a long career with the 94th Victoria Regiment "Argyll Highlanders" before the Regiment was placed on active service on August 6, 1914. The Regiment was employed for protective duties along the Cape Breton coast and continued in that roll for the remainder of the war, recruiting upwards of 2,400 men for the Canadian Expeditionary Force, most of whom were channeled into the 85th Infantry Battalion "Nova Scotia Highlanders". The eight eight Companies of the Battalion were called upon to perform Garrison Guard and Outpost duties at important shipping points, wireless and cable stations, not only in Cape Breton but also at Canso. For defence purposes, the troops at Marconi Towers, Glace Bay, Louisburg and Canso erected blockhouses and wire entanglements, built redoubts and dug trenches, in addition to carrying into effect a syllabus of training, designed better to fit the men for their more strenuous work with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. McDonald officially began his war service on August 31, 1914. In a leadership roll, McDonald trained and instructed the men who would fight overseas in France and Belgium. He was briefly hospitalized for one week, from February 25 to March 3, 1915, the official reason not stated and was named Acting Adjutant effective October 1, 1915. The Battalion was demobilized on June 29, 1918, with some officers being transferred to "F" Company, 6th Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment, assuming the duties previously performed by the 94th Regiment. McDonald was appointed to the commissioned rank of Lieutenant on June 13, 1918 upon being transferred to "F" Company, 6th Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment. He was a resident of North Sydney, Nova Scotia, when he signed his Officers' Declaration Paper as a Lieutenant with the CGR, on June 29, 1918 in North Sydney, at the age of 40, enlisting for service for the Duration of the War and Six Months, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Mary Agnes McDonald, stating the he had twenty-three years previous Active Militia service with the 94th Victoria Regiment "Argyll Highlanders" and that his occupation was that of General Merchant. Six months later, he was struck off strength of "F" Company, 6th Battalion, Canadian Garrison Regiment CEF on December 31, 1918. Three weeks into the new year, he was admitted to Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 23, 1919, diagnosed with Gastritis, which brought on Influenza and Pulmonary Tuberculosis. After twenty days treatment, he was discharged from hospital on February 12th and subsequently discharged from war service upon demobilization the following day. He returned to Cape Breton but sought hospitalization again. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated March 22, 1919 at Sydney, Nova Scotia, his date of birth was stated as "1874", not "1877" as on the other forms. The attending physician noted that McDonald suffered from Chronic Gastric Catarrh (stomach inflammation with excessive secretion of mucus), stating that the "Man is poorly developed. Is losing weight. Lost 20 pounds during the last two years. Pain and tenderness in left hypochondriac region aggravated, by exposure to cold. The taking of food has no relation to the pain". It was recommended the he be placed in Category "E" (unfit for service in Categories A (general service), B (service abroad, not general service) and C (home service (Canada only)) and subsequently discharged, which was approved by the General Officer Commanding Military District No. 6. The following month the malady re-occurred, as he was admitted to Moxham Military Hospital on April 3, 1919, where he was hospitalized for thirty-eight days, before being discharged on May 11, 1919. For his long service in the 94th Victoria Regiment "Argyll Highlanders", he was awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Long Service Medal and for his over twenty years commissioned service, he was awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration.