Service Number: 179
Enlisted: 25 October 1915, at Brisbane
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, January 1891
Home Town: Murwillumbah, Tweed, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
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World War 1 Service

25 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 179, 42nd Infantry Battalion, at Brisbane
5 Jun 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 179, 42nd Infantry Battalion
5 Jun 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 179, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney
17 Jun 1919: Honoured Military Medal, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, On 1st September, 1918, during operations North of PERONNE, Driver McLAREN was in charge of a pack mule carrying a hot meal to one of the front line Companies. He was forced to travel by a different route to the remainder of the pack drivers, and carried out his task under the most adverse conditions. His route lay across a plateau in full view of the enemy and swept by enemy Machine Gun, and a continual target for searching fire from enemy Artillery. He displayed great courage and tenacity of purpose in completing this task, and his devotion to duty and his coolness whilst waiting the return of the dixies was an example of soldierly spirit of the highest order.

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