Lachlan MCQUEEN

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MCQUEEN, Lachlan

Service Number: 1869
Enlisted: 9 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kingussie, Scotland, May 1894
Home Town: Stepney, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: Killed in Action, Noreuil, France, 2 April 1917
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
No known grave - Name recorded on a special memorial [Sp. Mem. B. 25.]at Noreuil Australian Cemetery INSCRIPTION THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, St Peters Heroes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, Adelaide, South Australia
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
2 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1869, 50th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...1869 Sergeant Lachlan McQueen, 50th Battalion. A warehouseman from Stepney, South Australia, prior to enlistment as a Private (Pte) on 9 August 1915, he was appointed to Instructional Duties with the 10th Battalion from mid-January until the end of April 1916. On rejoining the 50th Battalion he embarked with the 3rd Reinforcements with the rank of Sergeant from Adelaide on 13 July 1916 aboard HMAT Seang bee (A48) for Plymouth, England. He retained his rank while training in England but reverted to Private on arrival in France in late November 1916 where he was hospitalised for eight weeks with illness and did not join his battalion until mid-February 1917. Pte McQueen was killed in action near Noreuil on 2 April 1917. His grave and 81 others were destroyed by shellfire and his name is recorded on a special memorial in the Noreuil Australian Cemetery. He was aged 22 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He is one of three Australian casualties of the Great War commemorated on the Kingussie war memorial. Kingussie is in Inverness-shire, Scotland. The war memorial is located opposite the Duke of Gordon Hotel at the south end of village, at the junction of High Street and Station Road, Kingussie. It takes the form of a Celtic Cross of polished grey granite with a carved badge of the Cameron Highlanders on the front, at the base of the shaft, and a Gaelic motto below; the whole is set on a square plinth of granite blocks, with an inset of inscription and names panels, on a two-stepped base in the centre of a circular paved area surrounded by garden beds and lawns. The memorial was dedicated in 1921.

AIR CHUIMHNE NAN SONN NACH MAIREANN
TO THE MEMORY OF OUR SOLDIERS AND SAILORS WHO DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919 DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED IN GRATITUDE BY THE PEOPLE OF KINGUSSIE.
"ETERNAL HONOUR TO THE TRUE AND BRAVE,
WHO FOR THEIR NATIVE LAND THEIR LIFE BLOOD GAVE"

 

The other two are:

Trooper Sidney Bunten Brown,Service Number 197, of the 1st Australian Light Horse who was killed in action at Gallipoli 7 August 1915.

Private Lachlan McQueen, Service Number 1869, of the 50th Bn. 
Australian Infantry, A.I.F. who was  killed in action near Noreuil on 2 April 1917.

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Address 21 Mary Street, Stepney, East Adelaide, South Australia.
Next of kin
Wife, Mrs Charlotte Beryle Claudine McQueen, 9 Claxton Street, off Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military service 79th Infantry
Enlistment date 9 August 1915
Age at embarkation 21
50th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/67/3
Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 July 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Sergeant

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