THE LATE COLONEL MACLAURIN
Melbourne. May 5.
Dr. Maclaurin, as next of kin of Colonel H. N. Maclaurin, was officially informed last night that his brother was killed in Turkey while leading his men against the Turks. Colonel Maclaurin was officer commanding the First Infantry Brigade of the Australian Imperial Force. He was 36 years of age and unmarried. He was the fourth son of the late Sir Normand Maclaurin. He was 18 years in the Scottish Rifles, and attained the rank of major, and was transferred to the 26th Infantry under the Compulsory Defence Act, with the rank of colonel.
Sydney, May 5.
The death of Colonel Maclaurin was referred to this morning in the State Full Court, which was crowded by members of both branches of the legal profession. The Chief Justice (Sir William Cullen), the members of the profession standing up,said:— "Before proceeding with the business of the day I wish to make some references to the news just received of the death of Colonel Maclaurin, who has for the last eleven years been a member of the bar of this State. He had won a high place in the esteem of this community, and he had worthily upheld the precedent and the honorable name bequeathed to him by his distinguished father, the late Sir Normand Maclaurin.
For himself no success or prosperity he could have won in this life in this country could have gained for him a higher place in the affection and esteem of his countrymen than his devotion to duty and the last, best gift a brave man can give — his life in service of the country in this most critical juncture of its affairs.
The country itself sustains a loss when any upright, brave, determined man is cut short at the beginning of a promising career. The nation, too, suffers a loss in those services which could have been expected from him after his splendid beginning. For his friends I can only say, in the words of the illustrious Athenian 1,000 years ago, 'We offer them not condolences but consolation.' We can take joy with them in the thought that an honorable career has attained the most honorable climax, that his renown and the renown of all those who have shared in this splendid service to the country and the nation is one which no subsequent happening in this world can ever tarnish or put out."
1915 'THE HEROIC DEAD.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 8 May, p. 38, viewed 15 August, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89145650