HAROLD D. MACLACHLAN, MAJ, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harold Maclachlan '12

Date of birth: July 24, 1889

Date of death: September 27, 1918

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

Harold Douglas MacLachlan, "Mac," from New Jersey, is listed as "Unaccounted For."

Loss

"Photo from page titled 'The Field of Honor,' the New York Tribune, 15 December 1918, page 7."

Harold died on September 27, 1918 in France of "Disease, Accident, or Other Cause." This is contrary to the biography below. He is also not listed in contemporaneous casualty lists; he is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

He was a member of the 13th Marine Regiment; he is buried in France.

Biography

From Find A Grave:

Maj. Harold D. MacLachlan (q.v. McLachlan), youngest child of Rev. John McLachlan and Harriet Newell Robinson, b. circa July 1889 (1900 census) at Buffalo, NY. He d. Sept. 27, 1918 in a hospital in France of wounds suffered in combat in W.W.I.

In 1914 in a quiet ceremony at Newburgh, NY, Harold's brother Donald J. MacLachlan married his 1st wife: "The bride was attended by Miss MacShane, of Middletown, NY, and the groom by his brother, Second Lieutenant H.D. Maclachlan, U.S. Marine Corps."

The Marines' Bulletin, Vol. I, No. I, November 1918, p. 8, col. 3: • Major Harold D. McLachlan, U.S.M.C., died in a hospital in France on September 27 [1918], according to word received by his uncle, Dr. A.C. McLachlan, principal of the Jamaica (N.Y.) Training School for Teachers. Major McLachlan formerly lived in Binghamton, N.Y.

The above notice was repeated in the New York Times with information added regarding a marriage: • Major Harold D. McLachlan, U.S.M.C., died in a hospital in France on September 27 [1918], according to word received by his uncle, Dr. A.C. McLachlan, principal of the Jamaica (N.Y.) Training School for Teachers. Major McLachlan formerly lived in Binghamton, N.Y. About a year ago he married Miss Dorothy Chapin of Richmond Hill, L.I.

Dr. A.C. Mclachlan (q.v.) was Harold's youngest paternal uncle, Archibald Charles McLachlan. In addition, at the time of Harold's death in France, his brother, Maj. Donald J. Maclachlan of the US Army, was also in France.


Class of 1912

Harold is one of 6 members of the Class of 1912 in Memorial Hall.