Hello from grandson of James McDonald MM 15th Scottish Recce

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by John McDonald, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. John McDonald

    John McDonald Member

    Hello to all the forum users.

    My name is John McDonald and I have a hobby of family history which has brought me to this informative community.

    My grandfather was James McDonald. He was a builder and so did not start until later in the war. he joined the 15th Scottish Reconnaissance Corps and was an Ammunition Corporal (who also drove a vehicle)

    He was a truly great grandad and human being but seldom talked about the war. I have found most things about him via war diaries and other records.

    I am of course proud of the citation for his Military Medal. My avatar is him and Monty. Looking forward to catching up with all.

  2. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Welcome to the forum John.

    Regards Michael.
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Welcome to the forum
    Hope this is correct. I'm sure you have it already, just in case.


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  4. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    John welcome to the forum. Great to have another Recce on board. Do you have anything you can share about your Grandad, photos etc?

  5. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Hello and welcome to the forum John.
    Lovely to have another Recce on here :)

  6. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day john macdonald,m,yesterday,06:25 pm,re:hello from grandson of james mcdonald mm 15th scottich recce.welcome to the forum.great avatar,your father and monty,regards bernard85
  7. bofors

    bofors Senior Member

    Hi John

    You should be very proud, great MM writeup.
    I presume you also have his service records?
    If not you should apply for them.


  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum.
    Your Grandad did well for someone from the recce , described recently on here as ''not a fighting unit''.
  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Welcome to the Forum
  10. John McDonald

    John McDonald Member

    I recommend they read the book by Tim Chamberlin - full of graphic first hand accounts. First published in 1950. I know the Recce's main focus was on finding out and testing enemy strength and positions so I can understand that point of view but they saw plenty from what I have read.
  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Perhaps the commentary about the main role of the unit could be better taken to the thread in which it was first brought up, and not continued on an intro thread?
    That way the veteran who explained himself elsewhere, (and for info, has been in contact with other Recce relatives on this forum for some years) would be better placed to see any counter arguments.
  12. John McDonald

    John McDonald Member

    Thanks will look it up :)

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