Private John Donald

Birth: October 20, 1888 in Elgin, Scotland
Death: November 7, 1916 in France
Service: WWI
Regimental Number: 628657

John Donald enlisted in Vernon July 13, 1915, giving his occupation as labourer. He listed a James Mowatt as next of kin, who was variously described as "cousin" and "foster father".  James Mowatt was employed by the Lighthouse Cannery, Steveston.

John Donald was a member of the active Militia, a motor driver, and on enlistment joined the 47th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The unit embarked for England on board the SS Missanabie arriving at Plymouth November 22, 1915. John arrived in France in August 1916 after spending the intervening months in camp at Bramshott, England. He was killed in action November 7, 1916. He bequeathed his earthly goods to James Mowatt, who received a plaque and scroll from the Canadian Government.

History of the Road Name (Donald Road):

  • Council Resolution to adopt road name: Council Minutes September 7, 1954, res. 720, pg. 465