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John Kershaw McLAUCHLAN

Regimental number1880
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWool storeman
Address'Loyala', Evans Street, Inverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ruth McLauchlan, 'Haswell', Llewilyn Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Bray on 22-23 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 9 September 1918

FateKilled in Action 31 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 27), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alex and Ruth MCLAUCHLAN, 20 LLewellyn Street, Balmain, New South Wales

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations near BRAY on 22nd/23rd August, 1918. Sergeant McLAUCHLAN, who was in charge of Company Headquarters, displayed great bravery, resource and leadership on the intermediate objective being reached. He went from one end of the line to the other, and was instrumental in getting together the scattered platoons and re-organising them in their proper formation. In the advance to the second objective he kept his men well in hand and led them with great skill, although subjected to very heavy fire. His work in the reorganisation at our final objective was of high order. He did good work, too, in the consolidation. Throughout, this N.C.O., rendered most valuable assistance, and by his marked coolness, determination and disregard of personal danger, he set a very fine example to all ranks and greatly assisted towards the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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