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Roy Ellerslie McLAREN

Regimental number9611
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGas employee
Address247 Darling Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.75"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edward John McLaren, 247 Darling Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in 6th Company, Australian Army Medical Corps, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 4, Field Ambulance 5, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'At about 5 a.m. on 4th July 1918 near HAMEL, EAST of CORBIE Pte. McLAREN whilst in charge of a squad of bearers displayed courage and resource of a very high order. He led his squad through a heavily shelled position with the greatest coolness and worked throughout the battle with great determination and energy when his strength had become exhausted. He was conspicuous among the squad leaders in courage and initiative.'
Recommendation date: 15 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date19 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Darwin', 12 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 19 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 May 1961
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLAREN Roy Ellerslie

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