Donahay, Second Lieutenant Clarence

No 3 Sqn AFC

Clarence Donahay came from Melbourne. He was born on 14 February 1892 and working as an Optician when he joined the Australian Army Medical Corps in Melbourne on 15 March 1915. He departed from Sydney with the 1st Australian General Hospital on HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April and, having been detailed to look after repatriated casualties, he returned in September on HMAT A17 Port Lincoln. He transferred to No 2 Sqn AFC at Laverton on 24 October 1916 and left Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses the next day. He served in the AFC in England until he was commissioned in October 1917 after completing flying training. He was then posted to No 3 Sqn on the Western Front.

He was killed in action on 26 January 1918 when flying RE 8 B2259, with Lt J R Blair as observer, who was also killed. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed at Dranoutre when returning after checking visibility for to artillery observation.

2Lt C Donahay is buried in Grave III F 51 at Ballieul (Extension) Cemetery, France.

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