Memorial Cross to the Princess Patricia's 1916
Memorial Cross to PPCLI KIA at Courcelette - GRV (437481 - Pte N. McDONALD). Naming is officially engraved. Very crisp detail, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by eleven pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper and assorted research papers, along with four photographs of his engraved name on the Vimy Memorial. Footnote: Norman McDonald was born on September 28, 1893 in Hawkesbury, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper on January 10, 1916 in Montreal, Quebec with the 5th Overseas Universities Company (McGill University of Montreal), naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Alexander McDonald of Montreal, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farmer. He embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 5, 1916 aboard the S.S. Olympic, arriving in England on the 12th. Upon arrival in England, he was posted to the 7th Reserve Battalion. He embarked for France two months later, on June 6th, where he was taken on strength of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry the following day and joined them in the field on the 9th. He was with the PPCLI for three months, when he was Killed in Action on the first day of the Battle of Flers-Courceletteat, at Courcelette, on September 15, 1916, at the age of 25. The battle was part of the France-British Somme Offensive, which took place in the summer and autumn of 1916, with the actual battle launched on the September 15th and lasting one week. McDonald has no known grave and is remembered with honour at the Vimy Memorial and on page 124 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. His mother, having since moved from Montreal to Elstow, Saskatchewan, received his Memorial Cross. He was also entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, all of which apparently went to his father along with his Memorial Plaque, none of which are included with his MC.