John McLean RAE


RAE, John McLean

Service Number: 6085
Enlisted: 28 February 1916, Rockhampton
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia, 3 July 1895
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Pneumonia, France, 17 February 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot V Row B Grave 21
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mackay Cenotaph, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

28 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6085, 9th Infantry Battalion, Rockhampton
8 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6085, 9th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6085, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

John Mclean RAE was born in Mackay, Queensland on 3rd July, 1895

His parents were Thomas Browning RAE & Margaret Jane McLEAN

He had previously served for 4 years in the Cadets and 3 years in the Light Horse before he enlisted in Rockhampton on 28th February, 1916 and embarked on 8th August, 1916 on the HMAT Itonus with the 9th Infantry Battalion, 19th Reinforcements

John died of pneumonia in France on 17th February, 1917 and is buried in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension & his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

"His country called him - he answered"

"Loved by all who knew him - thy will be done"


Two of his brothers also served in WW1

1. Robert Browing RAE (SN  6084) returned to Australai in 1918

2. Allan Thomas RAE (SN 2648) returned to Australia in 1919