Lauchland, Pte Robert (1320)

No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC, attached to No 4 Sqn RFC

Robert Lauchland came from Walsall, Staffordshire, and was 23, and a Telegraphist living in Queensland, when he enlisted in the AFC at Townsville on 19 March 1916. He departed Melbourne on HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November. After specialist training in England, he arrived on the Western Front on August 1917 and was posted to No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC. In September he was assigned to No 4 Sqn RFC, an RE 8 unit then based at Abeele aerodrome in the Ypres sector of the Front.

He died of wounds in the 2/1st East Lancashire Field Hospital on 16 October 1917; he was probably wounded while working as a wireless operator with an artillery battery receiving information from an RE 8.

Pte R Lauchland is buried in Grave XIV D 2 at The Huts Cemetery, Dickebush, Belgium.

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