John Douglas MCLEAN

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MCLEAN, John Douglas

Service Number: 2394
Enlisted: 6 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 10 November 1888
Home Town: Wallaroo, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Drover
Died: Killed in Action, France, 1 February 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wallaroo Heritage Museum Presbyterian Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

6 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2394, 15th Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2394, 15th Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2394, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Sydney

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Biography

"LATE PTE. J. D. McLEAN.

WALLAROO, September 21.— Mr. Joseph McLean, of Wallaroo, has been advised that his son, Pte. John Douglas McLean, of the 15th Battalion, and who was reported missing since February 1, 1917, has been killed in action. The late Pte. McLean was 26 years of age, and enlisted in Queensland in May, 1915. He spent the greater part of his life in Wallaroo, where he was well known. He knew nothing of fear. On the date he met his death, he was mentioned by the late Major-Gen. Holmes for conspicuous bravely in action, and gazetted for the Military Medal. Sgt. Isaac McLean, D.C.M., and Pte. Roderick McLean (brothers) are serving in France." - from the Adelaide Observer 29 Sep 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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