Topic: Clement Rothery McLachlan

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A soldier of the Great War who died of wounds.

Rifleman Clement Rothery McLachlan - 53711    

Clement was born at Doyleston on 17th February 1894, son Alexander and Elizabeth McLachlan. Before enlisting he was farming at Doyleston he had previous military experience having served with the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry for 2 ½ years. He was 5ft 4 ½ inches tall with a dark complexion, grey eyes and black Hair.

Clement’s name was drawn in the first Ballot in November 1916. He enlisted at Christchurch on 10th February 1917 and was assigned to New Zealand Rifle Brigade, Reinforcements G Company. He embarked with them from Wellington on 12th June 1917 arriving in Devonport on 16th August 1917, marching into Sling on the same day. He left for France on 1st October and marched into Base Depot at Etaples on 4th October 1917. He then marched out to join the Division in the field on 7th October and two days later he was posted to C Company, 3rd Battalion Auckland Infantry. On 18th January 1918 he was detached to the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company then after a month with them he was sent to the 22nd Corps Reinforcement Camp on 18th February. From there he joined the 2nd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade and was posted to D company on 24th February 1918. He was wounded in action on 18th April suffering gun-shot wounds to his head and a fractured frontal bone. Although he was taken up by the No 1 Field Ambulance he died of his wounds in the field. He was initially buried in the  Beaussant Communal Cemetery Extension but after the war his body was gathered in to Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. In New Zealand Clement is remembered on the Ellesmere County and Doyleston War Memorials and the Southbridge School Roll of Honour.           

Cemetery locale history: The village of Englebelmer was in Allied hands during the whole of the war, and it was used as a field ambulance station; but until the autumn of 1916, and again in the summer of 1918, it was liable to occasional shelling. The Extension was begun in October, 1916, closed in March, 1917, and used again in 1918; and after the Armistice graves were brought from the battlefields immediately north and east of Englebelmer and the following cemeteries:- Beaussart Communal Cemetery Extension, in a hamlet of Mailly-Maillet, was used at intervals from April, 1916, to May, 1918, and contained the graves of 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom and nine from New Zealand.

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Clement Rothery McLachlan


First Names:Clement Rothery
Last Name:McLachlan
Date of Birth:17 February 1894
Place of Birth:Doyleston
Date of Death:18 April 1918
Place of Death:Somme, France
Memorial or Cemetery:Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
Age at death:24
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Farmer
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Enlistment details:10 February 1917
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Alexander and Elizabeth McLachlan, of "Strathlachlan," Doyleston.
Service Number:53711
Rank last held:Rifleman
Embarkation:12 June 1917
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Maunganui or Tahiti
Theatres of War:Western Front
Cause of Death:Died of wounds