The information displayed here is at the time of death.
John was born in Tynemouth, son of Robert and Elizabeth Donaldson of 10 Albury Park Road Tynemouth and 105 Park Crescent, North Shields, Northumberland. He had six siblings, Isabella Shaw, Elizabeth Simpson, Alexander, Georgina, Mary Louisa and Arthur Donaldson. In the 1911 census it states that John's mum, Elizabeth is a widow and she has lost two children; Isabella and Alexander.
Before the war, John was a clerk at Borough Accountant Office.
John enlisted on 21st April 1915. He served with the Tyneside Scottish. John was killed in action, sources state only that he died within the 'France and Flanders' Theatre of War.
Burton House, 41 Tyne Street, North Shields (place of residence 1891 Census)
3 Upper Norfolk Street, North Shields (place of residence 1901 Census)
23 Kitchener Terrace, North Shields (place of residence 1911 Census)
John is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial in France.
There is also a private memorial plaque to John at St.Augustin's, North Shields.
UK Census registers, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
UK Military Service Records, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
Newcastle University Archives (Roll of Service, Armstrong College Calendars, The Northerner Student Magazine)
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