HAROLD D. MACLACHLAN, MAJ, USMC
Harold Maclachlan '12
Date of birth: July 24, 1889
Date of death: September 27, 1918
Harold Douglas Maclachlan was admitted to the Naval Academy from New Jersey on June 26, 1908 at age 18 years 11 months.
Harold Douglas MacLachlan, "Mac," from New Jersey, is listed as "Unaccounted For."
Harold died on September 27, 1918 in France of disease. (He was listed in the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1919 under "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.
The 13th Regiment did not arrive in France until September 25; Harold would have had to been a part of a contingent of the Regiment sent ahead to plan for its arrival.
He is buried in France.
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 , 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 , 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.
He was a Mechanical Engineering major at Purdue with the Class of 1914 for a time; he did not graduate.