SON OF ALEXANDER DUFF MCLAREN AND MARY ANN NIVEN MCLAREN, OF 30, BRISBANE ST., GREENOCK, SCOTLAND. He was a butcher
He attested on 13th November 1914 at Shelbourne Victoria and assigned to 5th battalion, 2nd reinforcements. He was listed as missing in action, subsequently killed. His mother wrote to the Australian Red Cross in the hope that he had been taken prisoner. She received the reply that he had been officially declared killed in action. A witness wrote 'during the charge and retirment at what afterwards became Lone Pine his body was seen lying dead by several men of the Company. McLaren was a big Scotchman'.