• John Arthur McClure

Army / Flying Corps
  • 23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 6th Brigade
  • Private
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
  • British War Medal
  • Birth

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Birth

    Sunday, 1 September 1889

  • Enlistment

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
    Thursday, 20 May 1915

  • Embarkation from Australia

    Friday, 16 July 1915

Stories and comments
    • Letter from John McClure re his part in the Southland saga
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 25 September 2014

    The Bendigo Advertiser, Wed, Nov, 24, 1915: THE TORPEDOED TRANSPORT. NEWBRIDGE SOLDIER SAFE. TWO AND HALF HOURS IN THE WATER. Corporal J. M’Clure, writing to his former employer, Mr N. Ramsay, of Newbridge, said:- “Am writing this in a hurry to let you know that I am well, but lucky to be so, as we had a ‘narrow squeak’. We left camp and sailed away. After being out a couple of days we were torpedoed at about 10am. Boats were lowered, but I missed one, as I was on guard at the time. I put on a lifebelt and took to the water. After being in the water about two and a half hours I was picked up by a cruiser, and treated well. We did look sights, some naked and some nearly so. The submarine fired at us from about 2000 yards. Her second torpedo missed, and a good job too. Our loss, considering, was small, but we will make up for it. Our gunner fired at the submarine, and says he got her. Seven ships came to our help, and we were transferred to a big 20,000 ton ship. The hole made by the torpedo was 26 feet by 30 feet, in spite of which our boat steamed into port after her water-tight doors were closed.”

      • emilylauragrant
      • Friday, 21 November 2014

      This is great. Thank you FrevFord. It gives more insight to John's life. I have a copy of his first war diary, but I can't seem to find place where I can upload it. If might be of interest to other people within his battalion.

      • FrevFord
      • Saturday, 22 November 2014

      emilylauragrant - it would be great if you could add a copy of John's diary to his profile - just click on: +Add a story.......and paste a copy into the text box....cheers, Frev

      • emilylauragrant
      • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

      It's in PDF format. Too long to transpose, and I think it is much better when you can view the hand writing. It's a shame the designers didn't think of this when they made the "add a story" section to the website. :(