Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Colin Campbell MACDONALD


Born: 20 December, 1876

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 4110

Birthplace: Woorndoo, Mortlake.

Parents: John MacDonald (1843 21/08/1916); died Melton
Margaret Williams (d. 1926)
Married 1868Reg # 3174

Died: 26 May, 1955

Burial place: Box Hill Cemetery, Box Hill, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


23rd Battalion, 14th Reinforcement



Regimental Service Number: 5411

Enlistment date: 2 November, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 39 years 1 month

Address at enlistment: Riddells Creek

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: John MacDonald, Glen Alvie, Melton

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 131 pounds
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Dark grey
Distinctive marks: Scar right shin

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. Miltiades A 28.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 30 January, 1918

Return Vessel: H.M.A.T. Euripides.

Arrival at Australia: 21 March, 1918.

Discharge Date: 27 April, 1918

War Service Summary

11/02/1916 - Enlisted; at 23rd Depot, Royal Park
01/08/1916 - Embarked from Melbourne for duty overseas aboard H.M.A.T. Miltiades A 28
25/08/1916 - Aboard Miltiades; Measles; 12 days in hospital
25/09/1916 - Disembarked Plymouth
26/09/1916 - Marched in to 6th Training Battalion; Rollestone
02/10/1916 - Sick, to Parkhouse; Mumps; 13 days in hospital; from 6th Training battalion
19/11/1916 - Proceeding to France per S.S. Gnwara
20/11/1916 – Marched in; Etaples
30/11/1916 – Admitted N Y D; 26th General Hospital; Etaples
11/12/1916 – Admitted 6th Convalescent Depot; Erysipelas; Etaples
13/12/1916 – Discharged to base details
29/12/1916 – Evacuated to 26th General Hospital; Etaples; Skin disease
30/01/1917 – Discharged to Convalescent Depot
31/01/1917 – Admitted 3rd Rest Camp; skin disease; Boulogne
18/02/1917 – Marched in from Boulogne; Etaples
25/02/1917 - Marched out to join unit
18/05/1917 - Sick Influenza
09/06/1917 – Rejoined unit from hospital; in the field
04/12/1917 - To hospital sick from field; Psoriasis
05/12/1917 – Admitted 14th General Hospital; Boulogne
06/12/1917 – To 25th General Hospital
10/12/1917 - Marched in from Hospital; Harve
23/12/1917 - Marched out to England
25/12/1917 - Medical Report on Invalid: Had been in France 13 months was evacuated from unit on account of "psoriasis all over his body."
30/01/1918 – Embarked aboard H.T. A14 Euripides for return to Australia
21/03/1918 - Arrived in Australia
08/04/1918 - Admitted No 11 Australian General Hospital; psorisis
27/04/1918 - Discharged from duty; medically unfit

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:

Place/s of residence:


Date of death:

Place of burial:
Box Hill Cemetery

Other relevant information:
John MacDonald and Margaret Williams married in 1868 Reg # 3174. They had 10 children, 4 girls and 6 boys. Colin Campbell was their 5th child.
The family had strong connection to Mortlake and Colin Campbell MacDonald and his siblings were born there.

Additional Information

Melton Express
20 April, 1918, p. 2

Despite the threatening weather on Saturday evening last, the Melton
Mechanics' hall was well filled with local and district residents, who assembled to tender a "Welcome home" to Privates Cameron, Morris, and McDonald, and at the same time to bid bon voyage and au revoir to Privates G. Burland, E. Mulrooney, and Albert Coburn.


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Nominal Roll
Newspaper accounts