Neil MCLACHLAN MC

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MCLACHLAN, Neil

Service Number: 3878
Enlisted: 9 August 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Yan Yean, Victoria, 14 May 1894
Home Town: Meredith, Golden Plains, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Killed in Action, France, 10 August 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Rosieres Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Meredith War Memorial, Parwan State School
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3878, Melbourne, Victoria
23 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3878, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3878, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
20 Sep 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Menin Road
10 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 6th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...Lieutenant Neil McLachlan, 6th Battalion of Meredith, Victoria. A school teacher prior to enlisting, he embarked with the 6th Battalion from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 23 November 1915, as 3878 Private (Pte) McLachlan. He was appointed to a commissioned rank on 6 December 1917. On 10 August 1918, he was killed in action during operations at Rosieres Ridge, France, aged 23. He is buried in the Rosieres Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Lt McLachlan was awarded the Military Cross for his actions during the attack on Glencourse Wood on 20 September 1917 when "he led his platoon with great dash and determination against an enemy strong post which was holding up his platoon on the left. He engaged it from the flank and captured it with 22 prisoners." Lieut McLachan's elder brother, 4767 Pte John James Mclachlan, was killed in action on 13 November 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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