Alexander Falkender MCLAREN MM

MCLAREN, Alexander Falkender

Service Numbers: 3389, Q186832
Enlisted: 17 October 1939
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: Camp Staff
Born: Warwick, Queensland, Australia, 27 February 1890
Home Town: Warwick, Southern Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Warwick, Queensland, Australia, 15 February 1953, aged 62 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Warwick War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Queensland Railways Toowoomba Employees Roll of Honour, Warwick War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

21 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 3389, 15th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 3389, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Brisbane
16 Aug 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Battle of Messines, 47th Bttn AIF Service Number 3389

World War 2 Service

17 Oct 1939: Involvement Lance Sergeant, Q186832
17 Oct 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Sergeant, Q186832
17 Oct 1939: Enlisted
30 Jun 1944: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Sergeant, Q186832, Camp Staff
30 Jun 1944: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Margaret Plant

Alexander served in WW1 enlisting on 3 Aug 1915 and discharged on 24 July 1919 in the 49th Bttn.

BIRTH 27 February 1890 Warwick, Southern Downs Region, Queensland, Australia
DEATH 15 Feb 1953 Warwick, Queensland, Australia
Brother to James Young McLaren who married May Clark  and youngest child of Robert and Martha. The three men - Alexander, James and John all served in WW1.
Alexander had 2 wives -
Edith Self
BIRTH 24 JUL 1887 • Warwick, Queensland, Australia
DEATH 09 JUN 1915 • Queensland, Australia
children Dorothy and Edith.
Mabel May SELKE
BIRTH 12 APR 1894 • Queensland, Australia
DEATH 1974 • Warwick, Queensland, Australia
Children Lloyd, Murrary, Elvyn and Russell.
He listed his NOK for WW2 AIF service as John Self, his brother in law.
He had served 2 yrs and 3 months in the Australian Light Horse Regiment some time prior to his enlistment in 1915. He was wounded in action in June 1917 and awarded the Military Medal (Routine Order NO 391 4th Australian Division dated 29/8/17) He was wounded again in France on 8 August 1917. and Invalided to Hospital. On his way home in May 1919 he caught the Mumps, and was admitted twice to the ship's hospital with a cold. Ironically he was born in Warwick, Qld and the name of the ship he came home on, was the Warwickshire.
WW2 - Like many returned men from WW1, Alexander joined up in WW2 on 17 Oct 1939 aged 49 into the No 1 Garrison Bttn and listed his second wife Mabel as his wife. He discharged on 30 June 1922 at Camp Staff Warwick as a Lance Sergeant. His role was training the new men.
He was confirmed as a diabetic on 13 Jun 1944 and discharged.