Corporal

Alexander MacLachlan

Conflict: 
WW1
Additional Information: 

Son of Emily Keighley (formerly MacLachlan), of Alston Hall Villa, Grimsargh, Preston, England, and the late John MacLachlan.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
NZ WAR GRAVES
CONTRIBUTED

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: Michael Keen
Relationship to casualty: Great Nephew
Alexander MacLachlan 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade killed in action 04/11/1918, aged 28. Son of Emily Keighley (formerly MacLachlan), of Alston Hall Villa, Grimsargh, Preston, England,... Read More
Alexander MacLachlan 1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade killed in action 04/11/1918, aged 28. Son of Emily Keighley (formerly MacLachlan), of Alston Hall Villa, Grimsargh, Preston, England, and the late John MacLachlan. Plot IX. A. 19. Emigrated to New Zealand some years before the War. Prevented from enlisting by a work agreement, he joined up in May 1915. On Christmas Day 1915 he was in action against Turkish-led Arabs in Egypt. Took part in the Somme offensive in France in 1916 and went over the top when tanks were first used. June 1917 was hit by shrapnel at Battle of Messines and returned to England and revisited the College. He was killed in almost the last offensive of the War. His officer wrote in a letter, "(He) was the most popular and capable NCO in 'A' Company. I had reason to bless his cheerful disposition." Originally buried " ... in a little triangular copse alongside the railway line just south of Le Quesnoy." (Officer's letter.)


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
23/233
Name:
Alexander MacLachlan
Rank: 
Corporal
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
Mrs Emily Keighley (mother), Preston Wines Farm, Dilworth, near Preston, England
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
Maneatawhiri Valley, near Pokeno, New Zealand
Unit:
3 New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade, 1 Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Killed in action at Le Quesnoy
Date of Death:
04 November 1918
Day of Death:
Monday
Age at Death: 
28
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Place:
Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
09 October 1915
Transport:

HMNZT 30
HMNZT 31
HMNZT 32
HMNZT 33
HMNZT 34
Vessel:
Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Destination:
Suez, Egypt

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
IX. A. 18.
Cemetery Location: 
France
Alexander MacLachlan
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