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Victor Henry McLEAN

Regimental number3209
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3.5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alexander McLean, 11 Gertrude Street, West Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in Compulsory Military Training scheme (Area 69B).
Enlistment date7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 21), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Margaret McLEAN, 165 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria. Native of Geelong, Victoria
Family/military connectionsFather: 3202 Pte Alexander McLEAN, 60th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 December 1917; discharged, 27 February 1918: Brother: 3200 Pte Alexander Leslie McLEAN, 60th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916.Admitted to hospital, Ferry Post, 10 April 1916; discharged, and rejoined Bn, 14 April 1916 (no further details recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 25 August 1916, declared 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1950201: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3158 Sergeant H. LAU, 60th Bn (patient, No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, England), 23 October 1916: 'I knew MacLean (sic) personally and saw him dead on the evening of 20th July in No-Man's-Land, Fleurbaix. He was lying in a Sap. It looked as though he had been crawling back, and had got mortally wounded before getting back. He was in the Charge.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLEAN Victor Henry
Red Cross File No 1950201

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