Archibald McDonald served with the Auxiliary Fire Service during World War Two. He died on 8th April 1941 aged 25 years old after sustaining injuries during the Luftwaffe raid on Belfast's docks.
McDonald was one of the first recorded deaths of a fireman during the Belfast Blitz. He lived at 80 Percy Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim at the time of his death in 1941.
A little after midnight, the Belfast skyline lit up with parachute flares. Firebombs fell on buildings like the McCue, Dick and Co. timber yard on Duncrue Street. Flames rose across the docks well into the night.
At the height of the raid, a parachute mine fell close to where McDonald and Harkness battled the flames. They rushed towards the parachute, believing it to be a German pilot bailing out. The mine exploded fatally wounding both men.
Archibald McDonald’s grave is in Section C4, Grave 727 of Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down. His funeral took place on 10th April 1941.