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Regimental number7278
Place of birthMonreagh, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCoburg, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 9.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinSon, W McLaughlin, 136 Barrow Street, Coburg, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 December 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII, Row H, Grave No. 13), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hugh and Susan Hegarty McLAUGHLIN; Wife: Bridget Agnes Buckley McLAUGHLIN
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 19 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 25 April 1917; marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, 26 April 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 23 October 1917; taken on strength, 6th Bn, 3 November 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 19 December 1917 (injured knee); transferred to 1st Australian Divisional Rest Station, 19 December 1917; discharged to duty, 10 January 1918; rejoined unit same day.

Killed in action, France, 9 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mrs C. Brown, Burt Street, Northcote, Victoria, wrote to Base Records, 14 November 1918: 'I would be obliged if you would please give me the address of the Relatives in Ireland of the late Private Hugh McLoughlin (sic), killed in action August 9th last ? There are 6 motherless children ranging from 10 yrs downwards & having visited them feel I would like to communicate with their grandparents.' Base Records replied, 26 November 1918, that [I] 'regret this Branch is unable to furnish the address of any relative in Ireland. The late soldier reported as next-of-kin his son Master William A. McLaughlin, Orphanage, Surrey Hills.'

W.A. McLaughlin (Marist Brothers Juniorate, Our Lady of The Hermitage, Mittagong), wrote to Base Records, 10 March 1926, referring them for further information about his father to Miss Maud Ennis, 11 Gordon Street, Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLAUGHLIN Hugh

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