The Soldier's Details

Surname:
MacDonald
First Name:
Lindsay Murray
Nick Name:
Lin
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9279
Company:
‘D’ Company, No. 13 Platoon
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
25.10.1914
Place of Birth:
York, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Douglas Grant MacDonald
Mothers's Name:
Laura Jessie MacDonald
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 27.
Cause of Death:
Believed killed in action
Place of Death:
Lim Chu Kang Road
Date of Death:
9.02.1942

General Description

Lin MacDonald came from a farming family.  He was one of three sons and one daughter born to Douglas and Laura MacDonald.

Prior to his enlistment he was farming on the family farm at Quairading.

Lin MacDonald loved the game of cricket, playing for his local team and Country Week so it was no surprise he played for 2/4th.

 

MacDonald Lindsay Murray
MacDonald Lindsay Murray – Standing, Third from Right.  Photo believed to be taken at Toodyay.  (provided by Murray’s nephew Geoff MacDonald)

 

Read about Fred Tregenza.

 

Lin’s close mate Fred Tregenza WX9280, his brother Sergeant John Tregenza WX9325 from Dangin, a short distance from Quairading, all enlisted on the same day 30 October 1940.

Tragically the three young men did not return home to Western Australia.  Lin and Fred were KIA 9th February 1942 and John Tregenza died from malaria on 2nd August 1943.

As part of No. 13 Platoon Lin MacDonald and Fred Tregenza were attached to the Australian 2/20th Battalion to strengthen their defence of the northwest coast of Singapore.

On the  the morning of 8th February 1942 all that stood between the Japanese Imperial Army’s 5th Division’s initial attack on Singapore at this remote location were approximately 35 men of No. 13 Platoon, their three Vickers machine guns and an allocation of 20,000 rounds of ammunition per gun.

At 1000 hours the Japanese commenced their artillery barrage on the west coast of Singapore and would not be lifted until 2200 hours that night. The West Australians fought bravely during those seven hours but were no match for successive waves of Japanese barges coming head long at No. 13 Platoon.  At 0230 hours with ammunition  becoming critical,  Sergeant Harold ‘Jake’ Jacobs who had taken over command when Lt. Wankey had been injured, ordered the three Vickers be destroyed and the remaining men moved out in single file. Their progress was slow in the darkness of night made worse by the smoke from the oil tank fires around Woodlands area. It was during this withdrawal that Lin MacDonald and Fred Tregenza were ambushed and never seen again.

 

Further reading D Company
Also read Joe Pearce’s story.

 

MacDonald Lindsay Murray WX9279
MacDonald Lindsay Murray WX9279

 

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