Donald was born on the Scottish island of Islay, the second eldest of 13 children.
Postman (previously baker)
Donald joined the Highland Light Infantry at Auchengate, their training base, on 15 Aug 1940. It seems a short while later he transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was posted to Coleshill House, in April 1941 though it seems like he was actually sent to a Scout Section after an initial training course at Coleshill.
He was officially posted to the SAS on 1 Apr 1944, though he may have joined with other Scout Section members in February 1944. The men were posted to the Army Air Corps on 1 Apr 1944, the date the SAS as a whole joined the Corps. Reportedly he joined as a number of other of his pals were also joining. Most probably these were other Scout Section members.
He was dropped into France in June 1944 as part of Operation Bulbasket. He was captured when their camp was surrounded and was executed with his fellow prisoners. He is buried at Rom. He had spoken to family before he left telling them that he didn't expect to return. Killed in Action B Squad 1st SAS in Operation Bulbasket. He is buried at Rom Communal Cemetery in France alongside his fallen comrades. Service number 3324838.
British Army Casualty Lists report on 4 July 1944 he had previously reported missing believed to be a prisoner of war but was now reported not missing. He was reported killed in action on or shortly after 7 July 1944.
SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour,
TNA ref WO417/89 British Army Casualty Lists