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Allan McLEAN

Regimental number3598
Place of birthClare South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGardener
AddressStanley Flat, Clare, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, John McLean, Stanley Flat, Clare, South Australia
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 11 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary MCLEAN. Native of Stanley Flat, Clare, South Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

. Australian Graves Services, London, wrote to Base Records, 1 February 1922: 'The above named soldiers [including A. McLEAN] were originally reported to have been buried at Cable Head ... In the course of operations Exhumation Parties working over that area were unable to identify the graves of the five soldiers mentioned and as the bodies found in the neighborhood of able Head] were re-interred in eleven different cemeteries it was quite out of the question to erect Special Crosses for those five other ranks.'

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