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Keith Ferguson McLauchlan


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Keith Ferguson AWMM
  • Surname
    McLauchlan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Paddy AWMM
  • Service number
    2257 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 June 1912 AWMM WintonSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 11 Rosina Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Ewen MacKenzie McLauchlan (father), 86 Clyde Street, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    30 December 1941 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for McLauchlan, Keith Ferguson. (Ref. WO 373/27/479). Military Medal. AWMM

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  • Graham (Mack) McLauchlan was the son of Ewen MacKenzie McLauchlan and Susanna McLauchlan of Invercargill.

    Officer in charge of R.I. Patrol Middle East Forces.

    A letter he wrote in 1943 to the mother of one of his men, Richard David Hayes (17526), was kept by the Hayes family.

    Three brothers served in WW2: Graham MacKenzie McLauchlan (37745) kia; Keith Ferguson McLauchlan (2257) and Paul George McLauchlan (10460).

    Captain K. F. McLauchlan, MM, m.i.d.; Wellington; born Winton, 20 Jun 1912; civil engineer. (Source: Stevens, W.G. Bardia to Enfidaville. p.85.)

    'All this was known from pre-war reports; but more detail was needed and the invaluable LRDG was called on to send out patrols to provide it. Captain Browne, leading a patrol in a jeep, was blown up on a mine at El Machina. A South African officer was killed and Browne wounded, and the patrol returned to Nofilia. On 25 December it set out again, led by Second-Lieutenant McLauchlan, and reconnoitred to the Bu Ngem–Gheddahia track. In spite of an ambush in which several men were lost, it completed its task and returned to report that the going to Bu Ngem was not passable by night nor in desert formation by day, but that there was good going between Pilastrino and Fortino. Another patrol, which included no New Zealanders, also left on 25 December, travelling as far as the line Homs – Beni Ulid. It reported that the area bounded on the north and east by the coast road, and on the south-west by a line Bu Ngem – El Faschia – Sedada – Tmed el Chatua – Bir Gebira – Beni Ulid was suitable for a force of all arms. The upper reaches of Wadi Sofeggin and Wadi Nfed were impassable, but the lower reaches were scarcely perceptible. The terrain would provide no cover from air observation for a force of any size, but there were reasonably good water supplies. Towards the end of December a more detailed reconnaissance of limited range was made by a party of NZ engineers headed by the CRE, and directed as far as the crossing of Wadi Tamet and the area immediately west and south-west. The result was to select a divisional thrust line towards Pilastrino and Fortino, as the going farther south was impossible.' (Source: Stevens, W.G. Bardia to Enfidaville. p. 85.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • L.R.D.G. Membership Roll February 1970. Long Range Desert Group (N.Z. Association). Auckland Museum EPH-W2-11-27. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 115 AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.85. AWMM
    • O'Carroll, B. (2000). The Kiwi scorpions : the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group. Devon, England: Token Publishing. AWMM


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