Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour
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Private John James McLachlan

Service No.:
4767
Unit:
22nd Battalion
Tree No.:
N187
Planted by:
Mark Kyle
Image of plaque on tree N187 for John McLachlan
See Notes (1)
Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal
Image of Poppy
KIA

John was born at Learmonth, VIC in 1889 to Neil McLachlan and Mary Jane Griffiths. John had a brother, Neil, also killed in action, who is also remembered in the Avenue.

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

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918 and the Roll of Honour for pupils of Parwan State School.

John is also remembered in the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Notes

  1. His Service Number should be 4767

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Last updated by lee, Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:01:54