Wallace Nelson McLauchlan
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||7 Jan 1912|
|Place of Birth||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Death||26 Oct 1943|
|Place of Death||Scarlet Beach, New Guinea|
|Age at Enlistment||29 years, 6 months|
|Address||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Date of Enlistment||21 Jul 1941|
|Unit/Formation||2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Killed in Action 26 Oct 1943|
|Monument(s)||Armadale War Memorial|
|Australian War Memorial||Australian War Memorial|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Enlisted at the Claremont Recruitment center.
Following the fall of Lae, the 20th Brigade landed at Scarlet Beach, north of Finschhafen, on 22 September. On 11 October the 24th Brigade moved to Scarlet Beach and successfully defended the area when the Japanese counter-attacked later that month, and it was during this fighting that Wallace lost this life.
While Wallace's records show his date of death as 26 Oct 1943, the Unit's War Diary records no deaths then, but seven on the 24th.