862808 Pte. Herbert McDonell

Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery


Pas de Calais


Born in Clarendon, Ontario, in June 1897, Herbert signed on in March 1916.

A resident of Clarenden, and a farmer by trade, Herbert attested into the 180th (Sportsmen) Battalion in Toronto, on March 2nd, 1916. It appears he may have also been assigned to the 146th (Frontenac) Battalion at some point.

At the time of his loss, on August 26th, 1918, 4th CMR had, on August 24th, 1918, just returned to the front line, at Feuchy, 5km to the west of Arras, when in the early morning 'B' company was subject to gas and shrapnel rounds that were to cause 116 casualties. Herbert was affected by gas and although attended to and evacuated to No.33 Casualty Clearing Station, he subsequently died 2 days later, on the 26th.

Pte. Herbert McDonnell is one of 20 men of the 4th CMR known to lie at rest in Ligny-St.Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, France.

Thanks go to Yvo Henniker-Heaton for the headstone image. The biography excerpt is courtesy of 4cmr.com