Donald was born on June 6 1921 in Anyox, British Columbia as the son of Angus and Agnes MacLean (deceased in 1934), of Wells, British Columbia. His parents were married on May 17 1919 in Victoria British Columbia. His stepmother was Christina MacLean nee McKinnon. His brother was Kenneth Harold MacLean and his sister Mrs. Florence Ann Harrier Vear.
He was a druggist apprentice and he was member of the United Church of Canada.
He enlisted on July 10 1940 in Vancouver and he went overseas to the UK on March 29 1942 and he went thereafter to France on June 6 1944 for the D-Day landing.
Donald was killed in action on Saturday June 10 age 23 in the B Coy near Putot en Bessin and he was temporarily buried there and on January 18 1945 reburied in Bretteville S/Laize.
At his headstone: IN SILENCE AND REVERENCE. TILL THE DAY BREAKS AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY
And his medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; War Medal; Defence Medal ; CVSM & Clasp.
His name is at the monument in Putot en Bessin.