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John McLEAN

Regimental number626
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressCraig End, Swan Creek via Warwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Isabella McLean, Craig End, Swan Creek via Warwick, Queensland
Previous military service3rd ALH
Enlistment date29 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name42nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


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

FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'On 11-12th August, 1918, during operations on the Somme, he, with a Lewis gun section, attacked an enemy strong point north of Posieres which was holding up the advance of a flank company, whose success meant the success of the line. With extroardinary gallantry he accounted for five enemy machine guns, two by himself, cleared the strong point, and enabled the flank company to continue their advance. Just before reaching final objective he was wounded, but continued to control his platoon until the capture of the final position, and then superintended consolidation. His magnificent example of courageous conduct produced a great moral effect on the whole of the attacking troops, and did much to inspire his company's success. He did most splendid work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Noticing two of the enemy entering a village, he immediately went forward with his runner, located and charged them, and although fired at he wounded one with his revolver before they both ran back. Seizing his runner's rifle, he pursued, bayoneting one and shooting the other, thereby securing most valuable information. His splendid courage in the face of the enemy has always been worthy of a high order.'

Other detailsWar service: Western Front Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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