Clarence Roy MCLAREN

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MCLAREN, Clarence Roy

Service Number: 263
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ardrossan, South Australia, 26 June 1893
Home Town: Gawler, Gawler, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide High School
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Killed In Action, France, 23 July 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gawler Council Gawler Men Who Answered the Call WW1 Roll of Honor, Gawler War Memorial, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 263, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 263, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 263, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography

"THE LATE SERGEANT C. R. McLAREN.

Much regret was expressed in Gawler when it became known that Sergeant Clarence Roy McLaren, son of Mr D. and Mrs. E. A. McLaren of Gawler Blocks was killed in action on July 23. Sergeant McLaren was well-known and highly esteemed in the Gawler district, where he was reared. Prior to enlisting he was a teacher at the Wellington road Public School. He finished his University course in 1910. Sergeant McLaren was among the first to land at Gallipoli and was at the evacuation. He took a keen interest in all manly sports, and in 1912 won the medal for the most gentlemanly player in the Gawler South District Junior Team. Two other brothers Allan B. and J. Ross McLaren are now at the front. The latter has been once wounded, but has now returned to duty." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 25 Aug 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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