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Thomas McLEAN

Regimental number2683
Place of birthMaryborough, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressBooleroo Centre, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 4"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Alice Reid, 24 Cobden Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 September 1918
Discharge date7 February 1921
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Found guilty, 12 July 1916, of while at Marseilles, 30 June 1916, of (1) disobeying an order given by a superior officer; (2) found out of docks without a pass signed by an officer: awarded 2 days' confined to barracks.

Proceeded to unit from 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 26 August 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 29 August 1916.

To hospital, 29 October 1916; admitted to No 5 Field Ambulance, 1 November 1916 (rheumatism); transferred to Corps Rest Station, no date stated; rejoined unit, 6 November 1916.

Promoted to Lance Corporal, 13 April 1917.

Detached to 3rd Army Summer Rest Camp, 24 June 1917; rejoined unit, 8 July 1917.

On leave to England, 10 August 1917; rejoined unit, 24 August 1917.

Wounded in action and admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 18 May 1918 (shrapnel wound, left forearm); transferred to No 47 Casualty Clearing Station, 18 May 1918; to No 3 Ambulance Train, 19 May 1918; to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 20 May 1918; to England, 22 May 1918; No 1 Southern General Hospital, Stonebridge, Birmingham, 23 May 1918; discharged and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 July 1918.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 7 July 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 July 1918.

Admitted to Group Hospital, 30 July 1918 (gunshot wound, left arm).

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 7 August 1918 (Class C3).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 23 September 1918; disembarked, 22 November 1918; discharged (medically unfit, gunshot wound, left wrist, radius shattered, bone graft done), Adelaide, 7 February 1921.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 May 1922
Age at death50
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Path 4 E, Grave 10), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLEAN Thomas

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