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McDonald, William

McDonald, William

Alias: None

Title: Mr

Dates: 1893-unknown

Nationality: New Zealand, British

Awards: Polar Medal (silver)

William McDonald was born in 1893. He took part in the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) and the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova), serving as an able seaman on the latter.

After the Terra Nova expedition, McDonald returned to New Zealand and secured a position in the New Zealand Customs Department, and was stationed at Lyttelton. He enlisted during World War I and joined the Canterbury Infantry Battalion third reinforcements as a corporal, getting married on the day he left New Zealand for the front. He sacrificed his stripes to get away with the main body when the landing upon the Gallipoli Peninsula was made, and won back his stripes on the field. He was reported wounded in 1915 at the age of 22.

After the war, McDonald returned to live in New Zealand. In 1963 he revisited the Antarctic with an American expedition which included two other veterans from Scott’s expeditions, where they visit Scott’s hut at Cape Evans. McDonald is commemorated in Antarctica by Mount McDonald (72°30’ S 166°36’ E) in the Victory Mountains, Victoria Land.


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