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Frederick Stephen McCLEAN

Date of birth19 December 1872
OccupationWarrant officer
AddressMiddle Head, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Next of kinWife, Mrs Cecily Ethel McClean, Middle Head, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion


Unit: 29th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 March 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while engaged on road construction. The road was subjected to concentrated shell fire every night while his party was at work, but he carried out the work successcully, showing great courage and determination, as well as ability, in handling the transport units bringing up material. On one occasion, when a building, against which a large quantity of 9.2 shells had been dumped, was set on fire by enemy shelling, he at once organized a party, and prevented an explosion by removing all the shells under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

DSO and Bar

'Near Bellicourt on 29th September, 1918. He was in charge of the work entrusted to this battalion on two roads. He organized the whole of the preliminary details in a most thorough manner, and under continuous shell fire reconnoitred both roads up to the enemy lines, and did not leave the work until he was assured that the roads were through. Throughout he showed great gallantry, and was a great inspiration to all under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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