S/2222 Private John McLaughlan, 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.
John McLaughlan (also spelled McLauchlan, McLachlan & McLaughlin) was born on 24th March 1891 at 134 High Street, Linlithgow. He was the son of Daniel McLaughlan, a sett maker, and Maggie McLaughlan (maiden surname, Taylor). John’s mother died while he was in his infancy. His father remarried about 1893 to a woman called Agnes. The McLaughlan family moved to Airdrie sometime in the 1890s. John McLaughlan enlisted in the Army at Glasgow early in September 1914. At the time of his enlistment he was resident with his parents at 10 Commonside Street, Airdrie. He was employed as a sett maker by the United Collieries Company at Brownieside Quarry, Clarkston. After training Private John McLaughlan was sent to the Western Front, arriving on 10th April 1915. Initially he served with the 7th (Service) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. At some point he transferred into the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. On 1st July 1916 the 2nd Seaforths were part of the 4th Division’s attack on the village of Beaumont Hamel. The battalion lost approximately 500 men, one of whom was Private John McLaughlan. John’s body was recovered and he is buried in grave I.H.30 at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France.
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