Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J McLagan

"Information has been received that Pte John G McLagan, of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, who was reported missing at the Dardanelles in August of last year, has died of wounds. He was the third son of Mrs McLagan, New Hermand, West Calder."


Midlothian Advertiser, 30th June, 1916.


In Memory of




Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

who died on

Saturday, 7th August 1915.


Additional Information:  Son of Mr. and Mrs. Angus McLagan, of Blackball, Westland.


Commemorative Information


Memorial:  CHUNUK BAIR (N.Z.) MEMORIAL, Turkey

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  13.


Location:  Chunuk Bair (N.Z.) Memorial is on the north-west side of Chunuk Bair Cemetery, which is on the ridge which runs north-east from Brighton Beach. There is a road leading to Battleship Hill on one side and Koja Dere on the other and on the further side of the road is a bank where the Chunuk Bair Memorial is surmounted, facing the cemetery, in the form of a long screen wall with a cross engraved on the raised centre. The Memorial records, on panels of Hopton Wood stone, the names of over 800 officers and men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died in 1915 and who have no known grave. The screen wall bears the following inscription: IN MEMORY OF THESE OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE HEROIC ASSAULT ON THE HEIGHTS OF SARI BAIR, 6TH-10TH AUGUST, 1915, IN THE CAPTURE OF CHUNUK BAIR, AND IN SUBSEQUENT BATTLES AND OPERATIONS FROM AUGUST TO DECEMBER, 1915, AND WHO ARE NOT DEFINITELY RECORDED AS BURIED IN THIS OR ADJOINING CEMETERIES. A little further north-west of the Chunuk Bair (N.Z.) Memorial is a monument which bears the words: IN HONOUR OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. 8TH AUGUST 1915. FROM THE UTTERMOST ENDS OF THE EARTH.


CWGC website


NOTE : see also Corporal Hugh Graham McLagan on the West Calder memorial.