Not on Christchurch Park’s Memorial
Born: 1892, Walsall, Staffordshire.
Died: 16th November 1917; age: 25 & 6 months; Died of Wounds – at the 2/1st East Lancashire Field Hospital. Earlier on the 16th, Robert was seriously wounded in the head by shrapnel while he was laying out white canvass strips, to mark out positions and directions for aircraft flying above.
Place of Association: Karilpa Street, West End, Brisbane, Queensland.
Enlistment Details: Date: 18th March 1916; Age: 23; Occupation: Telegraphist & Postal Assistant; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: Mother – Mrs E. Lauchland, of Karilpa Street, West End, Brisbane, Australia.
On the 23rd November 1916, the unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board H.M.A.T. A20 ‘Hororata.’ After specialist training in England, he arrived on the Western Front in August 1917 and was posted to No. 68 Australian Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. In September, 1917, Robert was assigned to No. 4 Squadron, an R.E.8. unit, based at Abeele Aerodrome, a British airfield, near Ypres, West Flanders.
Rank: Private/2nd Air Mechanic; Service Number: 1320
Regiment: Australian Flying Corps, Wireless Section, Australian Imperial Force.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Andrew & Elizabeth Lauchland, of Karilpa Street, Brisbane, Queensland.
1901 10, Binfield Road, Norton, Derbyshire.
Robert was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Andrew Lauchland, 39, a Currier Foreman, born Dalryl, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Elizabeth Watson Lauchland (nee Veitch), 36, born Bathgate, Linlithgow & shire, Scotland.
Effie Stewart Lauchland, 12, born Milford, Surrey.
Jean Kerr Lauchland, 11, born Bermondsey, London.
Elizabeth Veitch Lauchland, 6, born Walsall, Staffordshire.
Andrew Veitch Lauchland, 2, born Grindleford Bridge, Derbyshire.
1911 Robert was 18 years old, a Currier. He was living with his mother & siblings.
Effie, 22, a Teacher.
Jean, 21, a Ladies Tailor.
Elizabeth, 16, a Laundress.
James Lauchland, 8, born Grindleford.
Mary Lauchland, 6, born Grindleford.
Robert attended Grindleford School, North Sheffield.
On the 29th March 1911, Robert’s father, Andrew Lauchland, left the UK for Melbourne, Australia. He departed from Melbourne on the 5th June 1911, sailing on S.S. ‘Cornwall’ he arrived at Brisbane on the 12th June 1911.
Robert was 21 years old, when he departed on the 29th June 1912, from the Port of London to join his father. He sailed on the S.S. ‘Devon’ arriving at Brisbane, Queensland on the 27th August 1912.
Robert’s mother, Elizabeth Watson Lauchland, arrived in Brisbane on the 18th October 1912. She sailed on the S.S.’Chemnitz’.
Robert’s cousin the Rev’d Robert Lauchland, was KiA. His brother, Andrew Veitch Lauchland was awarded the Military Cross.