Allan MCLEAN

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MCLEAN, Allan

Service Number: 3598
Enlisted: 24 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Clare, South Australia, 6 August 1892
Home Town: Stanley Flat, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Died of Wounds, Belgium, 11 October 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clare Original Clare School WW1 Memorial, Clare Schools Old Scholars who Fell WW1 Memorial, Clare WW1 Memorial Arch, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

24 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3598, 32nd Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3598, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
12 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3598, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
11 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3598, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Allan Mclean, son of John and Mary Mclean was born on August 6, 1892 in Clare, South Australia. He joined the 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion under the service number of 3598. He had grey eyes, dark brown hair and he was 7 feet tall. Allan was a single 23-year-old gardener when he enlisted on February 24th of 1916. He was raised by his parents, John and Mary Mclean, in the Parish of Stanley, near the town of Clare, South Australia, Australia. He earned a British War Medal and Victory Medal. He belonged to the Presbyterian denomination. On enlistment, he was assigned the rank of private.

On the 24th of February 1916, Allan completed the form and was considered to fit for active service. In the August of 1916 Allan was embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat and disembarked on 30th of September of 1916. He then proceeded overseas to France, marched in ex England at Etaples which was a fishing and leisure port on the Canche river in France at 6th of December. He was placed in isolation in France on the 4th of January 1917 and marched on the 12th. He then marched out to the 32nd battalion and was assigned to their unit on January 16, 1917. During the battle, he was admitted to the hospital multiple times, including on April 13th, when he was diagnosed with scabies. He remained hospitalised till April 22nd, when he returned to duty. It wasn't long until he was hospitalised again, this time extremely ill. He was lastly wounded in action and died of wounds on October 11th, 1917.

His death was caused by the wounds he got during the conflict. On October 11, 1917, at the age of 25, he died on the battlefields of Belgium. He is memorialised on the Menin Gate, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clare Original Clare School WW1 Memorial, Clare Schools Old Scholars who Fell WW1 Memorial, Clare WW1 Memorial Arch.

His family, particularly his father John, authorised the public trustee to seek for an order enabling him to handle his property after his death. According to reports, 5 soldiers were lost after being killed and were unable to identify the graves, and Allan was one of them. As a result, he never had a recognised burial, but his name was and is marked on marble tablets along with the names of other warriors as a way of remembrance for people who live today.

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