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McDonald was educated at Agricultural High School, Fielding, where he read much poetry, particularly A E Houseman, whose influence is evident in some of his work. He left the farm he worked with his brother in January 1940 for service overseas. He was wounded at Sidi Reszegh, and from hospital wrote verses enclosed in letters to his mother. He rejoined his battalion, but was taken prisoner at El Alamein. Tragically he was killed in an Italian vessel torpedoed in the Mediterranean, 1942, at the age of thirty-one. He is buried in Southern Greece. After his death, his mother found many verses scribbled on scraps of paper and in old exercise books. These were collected and published by his former school in remembrance of Old Boys fallen in the War.
Text from Donald McDonald's 'The Hills'
30 Sep 2006: Performed by Arnold Bachop at Marama Hall, Dunedin