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Samuel James McLAUGHLAN

Regimental number2425
Place of birthBroken Hill New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLawlers PO., Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Gertrude McLaughlan, Railway Coffee Palace, Northam, Western Australia
Enlistment date3 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 30 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Divisional Routine Orders

Recommendation date: "3 August 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 September 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 30 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On the 1st/2nd September, 1918, during the operations North of PERONNE, this Non Commissioned Officer was in charge of Company Headquarters and rendered invaluable assistance to his Company Commander acting as intermediary between headquarters and Platoons. Later, under heavy machine gun fire, he formed Company Headquarters into a bombing platoon and bombed an enemy trench by a flanking movement. His initiative and leadership were undoubtedly a factor in the success of the Company during the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 185
Date: 1918

MM Bar

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Date of death26 September 1969

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