Biography

Birth date: 30 January 1919
Birth place: Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Rockhampton
Death date: 20 January 1995
Final rank: General
Service number: 18 - Korea, 1950-1953
18 - Period 1950-1959
QX6229 - Second World War, 1939-1945
18 - Vietnam, 1962-1975
Units:
  • Australian Army Service Corps
  • CDFS
  • 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Australian Force Vietnam
  • 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Honours and Awards : Companion of the Order of the Bath

  • Unit: Australian Force Vietnam
  • Conflict: Vietnam, 1962-1975

Honours and Awards : Officer of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Australian Army Service Corps
  • Conflict: Unlinked Conflict

Collection Items

Photograph

044755

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN ARMY OFFICERS IN KOREA 1953. LEFT TO RIGHT: LIEUTENANT COLONEL A.I. MACDONALD, CO 3RAR; LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR SYDNEY ROWELL, CGS; BRIGADIER J.G.N. WILTON, COMMANDER, 28TH BRITISH COMMONWEALTH INFANTRY BRIGADE; LIEUTENANT GENERAL H. WELLS, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF BCF KOREA; LIEUTENANT...

044755

NAVY15631

The RAN converted aircraft carrier, HMAS Sydney (III) has dropped anchor at Vung Tau, South Vietnam, after bringing 291 reinforcements, and 280 tons of ordnance supplies, including 56 vehicles and 50 tons of explosives to the Australian force in Vietnam. Visitors have arrived on board HMAS Sydney...

NAVY15631

NAVY16087

Major General Arthur Leslie MacDonald, OBE, Commander of Australian Forces in Vietnam (COMAFV) (left), Lieutenant Commander Neil Ralph, of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV) (centre), and Lieutenant Colonel R M Cory, Commander US Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company, inspect the progress...

NAVY16087

NAVY16090

Officers inspect a maintenance area, probably at Fire Support Base Black Horse, South Vietnam. Left to right: Lieutenant Colonel R M Cory , Commander US Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company; Major General Arthur Leslie MacDonald, OBE, Commander of Australian Forces in Vietnam (COMAFV);...

NAVY16090

NAVY18346

During a visit to the RAN guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth (II) D38 off the coast of Vietnam, Sir John Wilton, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (left), visits the ship's company cafe with Captain David Willoughby Leach (front, right), Commanding Officer HMAS Perth. Major General Arthur Leslie...

NAVY18346

NAVY18348

During a visit to the RAN guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth (II) D38 off the coast of Vietnam, Sir John Wilton, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (third from left), discusses towing arrangments which are always rigged while the ship is off the coast of Vietnam. Left to right: Commander Geoffrey...

NAVY18348

Film

[Christmas messages 1968] Commander's message DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam)

Christmas greetings to family and friends from Australians serving in Vietnam. Produced for broadcast on Australian television by the Australian Army Directorate of Public Relations. Location filmed: HQ Free World Forces Cholon, Saigon 1. 18 Major General Arthur Leslie Macdonald HQ AFV Location...

F04690

[Christmas messages 1968] NSW version DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam)

Christmas greetings to family and friends from Australians serving in Vietnam. Produced for broadcast on NSW television by the Australian Army Directorate of Public Relations. Location filmed: HQ Free World Forces Cholon, Saigon 1. 18 Major General Arthur Leslie MacDonald HQ AFV 2. 2787367 Cpl...

F04691

[Christmas messages 1968] Queensland version DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam)

Christmas greetings to family and friends from Australians serving in Vietnam. Produced for broadcast on Queensland television by the Australian Army Directorate of Public Relations. Location filmed: HQ Free World Forces Cholon, Saigon 1. 18 Major General Arthur Leslie MacDonald HQ AFV 2. 17034...

F04692

[Christmas messages 1968] South Australian version DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam)

Christmas greetings to family and friends from Australians serving in Vietnam. Produced for broadcast on South Australian television by the Australian Army Directorate of Public Relations. 1. 18 Major General (Maj Gen) Arthur Leslie Macdonald HQ AFV 2. 61592 Corporal (Cpl) Allen Raymond Pullen...

F04693

[Christmas messages 1968] Victorian version DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam)

Christmas greetings to family and friends from Australians serving in Vietnam. Produced for broadcast on Victorian television by the Australian Army Directorate of Public Relations. 1. 18 Major General (Maj Gen) Arthur Leslie Macdonald HQ AFV 2. 335156 Captain (Capt) Brian Albert Glance HQ AFV of...

F04694

[Christmas messages 1968] Western Australian version DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam)

Christmas greetings to family and friends from Australians serving in Vietnam. Produced for broadcast on Western Australian television by the Australian Army Directorate of Public Relations. Location filmed Saigon. 1. 18 Major General (Maj Gen) Arthur Leslie Macdonald HQ AFV 2. 5715722 Private...

F04695

[Christmas messages 1968] Tasmanian version DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam)

Christmas greetings to family and friends from Australians serving in Vietnam. Produced for broadcast on Tasmanian television by the Australian Army Directorate of Public Relations. 1. 18 Major General (Maj Gen) Arthur Leslie Macdonald HQ AFV 2. 3163 Brigadier (Brig) Cedric Maudsley Pearson HQ 1...

F04696

Timeline

Date of birth 1919-01-30 Rockhampton, QLD.
Date of birth 1919-01-30
Other 1939 Graduated from the Royal Military College.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1940-05-24 2/15th Battalion.
Other units 1953 - 1954 Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Korea.
Other 1955 - 1956 Director of Military Operations.
Other 1957 - 1959 SEATO Planning Officer, Bangkok.
Other 1965 - 1966 Commander Papua New Guinea Command.
Other 1966 - 1967 Deputy Chief of General Staff.
Other 1967 - 1968 Adjutant General.
Other 1968 - 1969 Commander Australian Forces Vietnam.
Other 1969 - 1970 Adjutant General.
Other 1975 - 1977 Chief of the General Staff.
Other 1977 - 1979 Chief of Defence Force Staff.
Other 1979 Retired.
Date of death 1995-01-20