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John William McLEAN

Regimental number3847
Place of birthPort Adelaide, South Australia
AddressSemaphore, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 4"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Adela McLean, Semaphore Road, Semaphore, South Australia
Previous military serviceScottish Infantry (5.5 years, resigned); Australian Imperial Force (4 months, home service)
Enlistment date4 August 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 21 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1917
Discharge date31 October 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 21 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France from 8th Training Bn, 16 January 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 17 January 1917.

Marched out to unit, 20 January 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 21 January 1917.

Wounded in action and admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, 18 February 1917 (gassed); transferred to No 1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, 18 February 1917; to No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens, 19 February 1917; to Ambulance Train, 9 March 1917; to No 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, 10 March 1917; to England, 28 March 1917 (valvular disease of the heart); to Military Hospital, Edmonton, 28 March 1917; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 17 April 1917; discharged to furlough, 4 May 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 May 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Euripides', 21 July 1917; disembarked Fremantle, 13 September 1917; embarked on board 'Nestor', 20 September 1917; disembarked Adelaide, no date stated; discharged (medically unfit, cardiac failure), Adelaide, 31 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 September 1923
Age at death35
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 5, Grave No. West 6), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLEAN John William

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