CORPORAL A. E. McDONALD.
Official intimation has been received of the death of Corporal Arthur Elliot McDonald, of the the Light Horse, who was killed in action on Gallipoli. He was the only son of Mr. Angus McDonald, of Caltowie. He was born; in 1882. He commenced his education at the Caltowie Public School, and later went to Way College. He matriculated at the Adelaide University and studied law. Corporal McDonald afterwards joined his father in agricultural pursuits, and also represented Wills, Wardle, & Co. in his native town.
As a townsman he was popular and intellectual. He occupied the position of past-president of the institute, and secretary of the rifle club. He was practically the founder of the Northern Areas Literary Societies Union, in which he took a great interest and proved a keen debater and fine orator.
When the old Farmers' and Producers' Political Union was in existence he was one of its early members; and his ability soon won for him the selection as a candidate for Parliament for the district of Stanley. In 1910, with Messrs. K. W. Duncan and T. C. Simpson, he stood in the Liberal interests, and polled within five votes of Mr. Duncan's total. In 1912 he was again a candidate for the, same seat, when Messrs. Barwell and Morrow were also in the Liberal interests. On this occasion he headed the poll of Liberals, and was only beaten for a seat in the strong Labor district by 108 votes. He was then chosen to contest the election for the division of Grey, for a seat in the House of Representatives, against the Hon. Alex. Poynton, M.H.R. on May 31, 1913. He polled 11,642 votes, scoring more than any of the Liberal Senate candidates in that division.
The late Corporal McDonald was a capable athlete in his college days. When the war broke out he could not resist the call of duty. He enlisted on September 9, 1914, and, singularly, was killed on September 9, 1915, after having been four months in the trenches. He left a widow.1915
'BIOGRAPHICAL PARTICULARS.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 20 November, p. 43, viewed 9 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87233012