The Soldier's Details

Surname:
McDonald
First Name:
Keith Kitchener
Nick Name:
KK
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8621
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
17.05.1917
Place of Birth:
Geraldton, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Donald McDonald
Mothers's Name:
Beatrice Maude McDonald
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Factory Hand at Bristle Tiles
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Joint Grave, Plot 1, Row 0, Grave 48-49, Age 25.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
POW#:
1/12015 & 8812
Cause of Death:
Cholera
Place of Death:
Tarsau
Date of Death:
25.11.1943
Buried:
Cemetery No. 3, Grave No. 123, Tarsau.

General Description

Keith McDonald, Bert Norton, Johnny Gilmour

Keith McDonald, Bert Norton, Johnny Gilmour

K.K. McDonald taken 7/3/2007 by Simone Thomas
K.K. McDonald taken 7/3/2007 by Simone Thomas

 

McDonald K K

McDonald KK

McDonald Keith

McDonald Keith

Above notice from his mate Jim Elliott WX8619

Clarrie and KK/Geoff’s parents, Beatrice Maude Fleming and William Donald McDonald married in 1912 Geraldton.  Beatrice was widowed with 6 children and was believed  to arrive from England.  A further 3 children were added to the family including Clarrie and KK.

Sadly the marriage was not successful, and the couple divorced about 1929. According to the newspaper reports William McDonald’s illness was alcohol and was unable to provide for his family.

The below information is to show how Beatrice McDonald must have struggled to provide for her children.  She is to be commended for her ongoing courage during times when there was no social welfare to apply for – Beatrice simply had to survive the best way she could, the boys about 11 years of age.

Her sons KK and Clarrie were extremely popular young men in the 2/4th and highly thought of.  Beatrice must have done many things right.

 

Bacchus being the god of wine and intoxication.

Beatrice died in 1953.  Her earlier life had certainly been challenging.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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