John was a labourer, possibly in Melbourne when he enlisted in the AIF, 12th Reinforcements, 22nd Battalion on the 1st of February 1916, aged 26. He embarked aboard the HMAT A14 Euripides in April, eventually disembarking in England some time later.
Neil joined his unit in France in early October but was admitted to the 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, France three weeks later, suffering from scabies. Less than a week after being discharged from hospital, during the Battle of Flers, John was killed in action.
McLachlan was returning from fatigue duty at Brigade Headquarters about 3.30 when he was hit by a shell and killed instantaneously. I was walking behind and saw this.Source: L/Cpl Sutherland 2399
... His mates buried him in a shell hole just behind the support trench. ... We came over together on the SS Euripedes ...Source: A Johnson 4734
John is also remembered in the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
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Last updated by lee, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:04:28