21378 - Sapper

William

McLACHLAN

2nd Reinforcements

Timeline


1916

1916

18 March

Enlistment

Auckland Military District

1916

4 May

Initial training

Narrow Neck, Auckland

1916

26 June

Transfer to England

HMNZT 56 - Maunganui

1916

22 August

Marched in to NZ Sling Camp, Bulford

1916

2 September

Embarked for France

1916

4 September

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1916

3 November

Joined the Company

1916

16 November

From the Front

The Company began the operations to connect old underground quarries in Arras in order to accommodate thousands of soldiers for an upcoming battle

1917

1917

9 April

Battle of Arras

British Offensive


From the Front

The Company was employed to rebuild a major road leading to the Front during the battle

Arras-Cambrai Road

1917

5 May

From the Front

The Company moved to Monchy, ten kilometres east of Arras, to work on the fortification of the new front line

The Billets in Monchy
1918

From the Front

The Company was still carrying out the digging of underground premises and defences on the Front near Arras

The Workshop in Arras

1918

22 January

Promoted Lance Corporal

1918

3 February

Granted leave to United Kingdom

1918

17 February

Promoted 2nd Corporal

1918

19 February

Admitted to hospital with furunculosis

1918

8 March

Rejoined the Company

1918

21 March

Spring Offensive

German Attacks


From the Front

The Company was engaged in the defence of Arras by digging new trenches and dug-outs under constant enemy shellfire

1918

13 April

Detached on command to Ist Army Controller of Mines

1918

22 May

Rejoined the Company

1918

23 June

Promoted Corporal

1918

15 July

Admitted to hospital with pyrexia of unknown origin

1918

19 July

Diagnosed with influenza

1918

2 August

Marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples

1918

8 August

100 Days Offensive

Allied Attacks

1918

15 August

Transferred

3rd NZ Entrenching Battalion

Decoration

British War Medal
British War Medal

Victory Medal
Victory Medal

Sources and bibliography

  • Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, AABK 18805 W5544 85/0074960, Military Personnel File: William McLACHLAN - 21378.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Online Cenotaph He Toa Taumata Rau: William McLACHLAN.
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Wellington, Government Printer, 1914-1919, Volume II, Roll N°34, p. 41.

How to cite this page

Anthony BYLEDBAL, “William McLACHLAN (21378)”, New Zealand Tunnellers, 2023 (2009). Accessed: 30 March 2023. URL: https://www.nztunnellers.com/roll/details.php?id=554