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James Michael McLACHLAN

Regimental number1742
Place of birthGreenock, Scotland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinAlexander McLachlan, 23 King Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in 63rd Infantry, Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1917

Military Medal

'For gallantry at MOUQUET FARM on 24th/25th August, 1916, when his patrol-leader Corporal HARRIS was wounded and both buried by a shell close to the German trenches. Having extricated his leader, dressed his wound and placed him in a shell-hole, Private McLACHALn completed the reconnaissance along the enemy front and then secured stretcher bearers to remove the wounded man across 100 yards of open ground, let up by enemy flares. He also distinguished himself the following day by his coolness and courage in command of a covering party to men sapping out.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date27 December 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 November 1925
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLACHLAN James Michael

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