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Full Name: Fergus Blair McLaren
Rank Last Held: Second Lieutenant
Forename(s): Fergus Blair
Surname: McLaren
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 12865
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 10 April 1914
Religion: Presbyterian
First Known Rank: Second Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment: Clergyman
Next of Kin: Mrs H. McLaren (mother), 19 Blair Street, Mornington, Dunedin, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 19 Blair Street, Mornington, Dunedin, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 303
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Greece
Date of Death: 27 April 1941
Age at Death: 27
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
Memorial Reference: Face 13.
Biographical Notes: Son of George McLaren and of Hilda McLaren (nee Blair), of Clinton, Otago.
Description of Image:
  • Wreath, 1999, laid by the Greek Community on the Cenotaph in the Domain, Auckland and later moved to the Hall of Memories, Auckland War Memorial Museum on Anzac Day 1999 in memory of those who died in Greece.
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 1
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 2
Further References: By his Friends. (1951). Fergus: a memoir of Fergus Blair McLaren. Wellington, N.Z., A.H. & A.W. Reed. Contains portraits.
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
  • Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, Archives Research Centre. Register of New Zealand Presbyterian Ministers, Deaconesses & Missionaries 1840 to 2007. URL: http://www.archives.presbyterian.org.nz/page143.html
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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