Macdonald, Alexander

Alexander Macdonald
b: 28 Sep 1920
d: 5 Mar 1981
Biography
--- Notes by Jason Cleeland, taken from conversations with Daphne ---

When Alec was informed he was being shipped to Melbourne, and then at some stage, would be shipped to Europe, he and Daphne decided to get married. They only had a day\'s warning, so that very evening he went and asked Daphne\'s parents for permission to marry the next day. They permitted the marriage. The next day, April 14, they went into town to the registry and got married. They then both went to Melbourne together and spent two weeks together before he was shipped to Europe.

From family history book: "Shot down during WWII in plane over Northern Africa. Landed unharmed but had his nose broken by the ripcord on his parachute"

At Daphne\'s 90th birthday she told the story of his crash landing in Sicily. The engine of his plane killed a local donkey. When he was discovered by locals he was worried that it would be a problem since donkeys were important assets for rural sicilians at the time. He made a promise that the Australian government would replace the donkey.

One of the villagers promised to escort him to an allied army base. He had to trust that the man would not turn him over to the Italian/German axis. He followed the man and was luckily returned to a New Zealand encampment.

Alec eventually was asked by a General to be his personal pilot, and so when he could have returned to Australia after his term of service came up, he instead stayed in Europe flying the General around - seeing a lot of Italy as a result.

After returning to Australia, he was asked to serve again in New Guinea, but Daphne and his family told him he had done his duty and not to go.

When he returned the only reason Daphne was aware he was coming was because one of his mates telegrammed her family. He arrived in Melbourne, where the returning boats usually disembarked, and - thinking the army would have notified family - arranged to get on a train immediately. His mate told him, as he was boarding, that he would telegram the family that he\'s on his way.

The telegram arrived at Daphne\'s family door. She said that families at the time were always worried about getting a knock on the door from the telegram boy, since it so often meant they were being informed of the death of their relative. Her father answered the door, luckily finding it was news of Alec\'s return.

She met him at the station the next morning, and that is where he met Janice for the first time (at the age of 3). A photo was taken by the newspaper of him holding her.

He returned to Italy with Daphne after the war, on holiday.

Cause of death: Aortic Annurism

Location of memorial plaque - Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Plaque 77 TN, Sydney

--- ww2roll.gov.au ---
Service Record
Name MACDONALD, ALEXANDER
Service Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number 411071
Date of Birth 28 Sep 1920
Place of Birth AUBURN, NSW
Date of Enlistment 31 Mar 1941
Locality on Enlistment Unknown
Place of Enlistment SYDNEY, NSW
Next of Kin MACDONALD, DAPHNE
Date of Discharge 27 Sep 1945
Rank Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge 21 PTC
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No
Facts
  • 28 Sep 1920 - Birth - ; Auburn, NSW
  • 5 Mar 1981 - Burial - ; Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Sydney
  • 5 Mar 1981 - Death - ; Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria
Ancestors
   
 
   
  
  
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Alexander Macdonald
28 Sep 1920 - 5 Mar 1981
  
 
  
 
   
  
  
Mary Jane Boardman
Oct 1860 - 15 Aug 1927
 
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) William Norman Macdonald
Birth23 Aug 1889
Death
Marriage21 Jun 1917to Alexina Louisa Jeanette Clark at Dean's Court, Doctor's Commons, London
FatherNorman Hudson Macdonald
Mother?
PARENT (F) Alexina Louisa Jeanette Clark
Birth1897Finsbury Park, Hornsey
Death8 Aug 1948 Waltara, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage21 Jun 1917to William Norman Macdonald at Dean's Court, Doctor's Commons, London
FatherCharles Joseph Clark
MotherMary Jane Boardman
CHILDREN
Private
Birth
Death
MJames Macdonald
Birth1928
Death1982
Private
Birth
Death
Private
Birth
Death
MBruce Macdonald
Birth1934
Death1966
MIan Macdonald
BirthSep 1937
Death2008
MAndrew Macdonald
BirthSep 1937
Death1938
MAlexander Macdonald
Birth28 Sep 1920Auburn, NSW
Death5 Mar 1981Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria
Marriage13 Apr 1942to Private at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Alexander Macdonald
Birth28 Sep 1920Auburn, NSW
Death5 Mar 1981 Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria
Marriage13 Apr 1942to Private at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
FatherWilliam Norman Macdonald
MotherAlexina Louisa Jeanette Clark
PARENT () Private
Birth
Death
Marriage13 Apr 1942to Alexander Macdonald at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
FatherDavid Hughes Harvey
MotherPearl Sylvester Hughes
CHILDREN
Private
Birth
Death
Private
Birth
Death
Private
Birth
Death
Marriage10 Oct 1964to Peter Robert Cleeland at Church, Marriage Rd, East Brighton
Marriage30 Dec 2000to Andrew Treadwell at Joyce Ave Greensborough
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Descendancy Chart
Alexander Macdonald b: 28 Sep 1920 d: 5 Mar 1981