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Wallace Nelson McLauchlan

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Wallace Nelson McLauchlan
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Personal Information
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
Military Information
Reg Number WX15142
Date of Enlistment 21 Jul 1941
Rank Lance Corporal
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
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

War Service

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.

  • Lae War Cemetery
  • Wallace's gravesite

Notes

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.


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