James Wilson McLachlan

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: 1908
  • Place of enlistment: Customs House Dundee
  • Service no: 1357B/4857B
  • Rank: Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: H.M.S. Actaeon
  • Place of Death: Dundee Royal Infirmary
  • Age at Death: 34
  • Date of Death: 28.11.1916
  • Burial Country:
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Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 2 Dudhope Tce, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Mrs Mary McLachlan

  • Father:

    William McLachlan

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Ellen Anderson McLachlan, 2 Dudhope Terrace, Dundee and 31 Constitution Street, Dundee

  • Children:

    William, born 10.04.1911 & Jessie, born 05.04.1914

More about James Wilson McLachlan

For reasons unknown this man is not listed on C.W.G.C.

James Wilson McLachlan was born in Dundee in 1882 and was married to Mrs Ellen McLachlan of 31 Constitution Street in Dundee. His parents were Mr William and Mrs Mary McLachlan. After he joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1908 at the Customs House in Dundee and later trained onboard the battleship HMS Africa in 1912. When he was mobilised in August 1914 his record shows that he was drafted to the Royal Naval Division but there are no records of this in the National Archives. However, in November he joined the trawler Sea Dawn which was based in the North Sea and this might well explain the missing information because many men in the RND were given the chance to transfer to sea service. James McLachlan was invalided from the service in August 1916 probably with bowel cancer. He died in the Dundee Royal Infirmary in November 1916. There was an In Memoriam entry on 24 November 1917. By 1920 Mrs McLachlan had died and their two girls, aged 9 and 7, were being cared for by their Grandmother, Mrs Ann Anderson, of 5 Mid Street, Dundee.

Information from Dundee Seamen’s Roll of Honour, Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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