W. M. McLachlan

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History

William Moffat McLachlan was born at Ballarat.[1]

Military Experience

William McLachlan (2710) enlisted into the AIF at Ballarat on 24 November 1915, a 45 year old married miner with one child under 16. He was taken on strength into the 2nd Tunnelling Company on 29 September 1916.[2]

He returned to Australia on the HMAT Ulysses from London on 18 January 1919.[3]

Sergeant McLachlan returned to Australia aboard the Ulysses and arrived home in March 1919. He died in May 1931, aged 63.[4]

Awards and Medals

Sergeant William M. McLachlan was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre in London, gazetted 31275 on 04 April 1919.[5]

"Sgt. McLachlan was in charge of a party of men detailed to clear a road for traffic through Estrees. Although under heavy shell and machine gun fire he set a splendid example of coolness and resource, and not only completed the task successfully, but also, by his skilful control, considerably reduced the number of casualties."[6]

See also

2nd Tunnelling Company

Awards & Honors

References

  1. NAA: B2455 McLachlan W M
  2. NAA: B2455 McLachlan W M
  3. NAA: B2455 McLachlan W M
  4. http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2976147/if-ballarats-graves-could-speak/, accessed 25 May 2017.
  5. NAA: B2455 McLachlan W M
  6. http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2976147/if-ballarats-graves-could-speak/, accessed 25 May 2017.

Other links

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2976147/if-ballarats-graves-could-speak/


--Cgervasoni (talk) 19:17, 27 September 2014 (AEST)

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