Battalion 13th Battalion
Regiment Rifle Brigade
In the Parish magazine for February 1915, a list was published of those who were serving. That list included the name of Lieut Arthur Donaldson of the 13th Rifle Brigade. We have been able to identify this man, but have not established a link to Collingham.
Arthur Leslie Donaldson was born in 1893 in Newton Abbott, Devon, the son of Thomas William Donaldson and his wife Ethel Laura Donaldson. Arthur had three siblings, Eric (whose story is on a separate page here), Marjorie and John Henry. In 1911, Arthur is aged 17 and is living at 20 College Road, Newton Abbott with his parents, brothers and sister and a general domestic servant. Arthur's father is a solicitor, his eldest brother Eric is a bank clerk and the others are at school.
Arthur may also have started a career as a solicitor as we found that he was articled to B.D. Webster of Newton Abbott.
However Arthur Leslie Donaldson made his career as an army officer. We think he became a 2nd Lieut in the Devonshire Regiment according to the London Gazette of 2nd June 1912, but he served in World War 1 at first in the Rifle Brigade. He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-15 Star since he first went overseas on the 29th July 1915. He served with the 13th Battalion from that date to November 1916.
Later Arthur's record becomes harder to piece together - we think that on the 13th March 1918 he transferred to the 2/2nd Gurkha Rifles. His record mentions NWF from 13th March 1918 to 20th May 1918 - could this be North West Front?
After the war we think Arthur remained in the Indian Army and by 3rd May 1933, we find a mention of him being a Major. Later the London Gazette mentions him as being a Lt-Col and being awarded the Order of the Star of Nepal (3rd Class).
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