Old 01-07-2018, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default Dr. Anson Donaldson, killed in German West Africa 1906

I've come across a Welsh newspaper report of a Canadian Boer War and Somaliland veteran being killed in German West Africa, an area which is now the countries of Cameroon and Togo. He's listed in the Anglo-Boer War Forum as Anson Scott Donaldson, a surgeon, who served in one of the approximately 125 different Town Guard and District Mounted Troop units.

Although he wasn't a war casualty, he did see service in the Boer War. Is there any more available information about him?

GERMANS SHOOT CANADIAN.

Great excitement has been caused throughout Canada by the news of the murder of Dr. Donaldson by Germans in German West Africa. Dr. Donaldson was only 33 years of age, and was well-known throughout the Dominion. He was a son of Mr. Vernon Donaldson, of Brockville, and was a graduate of McGill University. The doctor was the first Canadian to volunteer for service in the Boer war, and he subsequently took service with the British troops in Somaliland. His sister, Mrs. Simpson, lives at Pittsburg, Pa.
Another account states that Dr. Anson Donaldson was walking in one of the streets, when a German soldier fired at him. The doctor dropped to the ground, and several other soldiers then fired, practically riddling his body. It is alleged that his remains were secretly disposed of.
Tarian Y Gweithiwr, 8th February 1906
http://newspapers.library.wales/view...9/3122566/101/

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Old 01-07-2018, 06:07 PM   #2
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Dr Anson Scott Donaldson's service papers can be viewed at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discove...IdNumber=8751&.

There was also a Land Grant Application made by Dr Donaldson: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discove...IdNumber=1743&

Served as Private 453 with Lord Stratcona's Horse, and as Cpl 24 with 10th Canadian Field Hospital.

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Old 01-08-2018, 11:30 AM   #3
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Thank you very much, Mark.

It appears that this particular newspaper report is inaccurate - according to the Associated Press, he was actually shot in Swakopmund, German Southwest Africa, and he may have been 38, not 33.
https://www.ancestry.com/boards/surn...n/2127/mb.ashx

I wonder if there would be any record kept of the Canadian Government's response, i.e. would the German ambassador to Canada have been asked to find out what actually happened, and what became of Dr. Donaldson's body?
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Old 01-08-2018, 12:08 PM   #4
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Here’s various newspaper articles.... It seems he “wasn’t” killed, but mistaken identity









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A-ha!!! Fake news! Thanks, Temujin.

Interesting that he was a ship's surgeon by 1906, he seems to have enjoyed seeing some of the world - South Africa, Somaliland, England, West Africa - rather than settling down.
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A-ha!!! Fake news! Thanks, Temujin.

Interesting that he was a ship's surgeon by 1906, he seems to have enjoyed seeing some of the world - South Africa, Somaliland, England, West Africa - rather than settling down.
My thought, “who was the unlucky guy that DID get gun down by the Germans?”
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He served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in WW1 (so he wasn’t killed in South Africa). Here’s his military records

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discov...dNumber=360127

His birthdate: 03/10/1876

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He served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in WW1 (so he wasn’t killed in South Africa). Here’s his military records

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discov...dNumber=360127

His birthdate: 03/10/1876
I see that he served with the Boer Contingent in Somaliland.
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