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Hugh McLEAN

Regimental number293
Place of birthTarnagulla, Victoria
SchoolState school, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngine driver
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Mr John Frederick McLean, 35 Miller Street, Boulder City, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave No 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James William and Ellen Matilda McLEAN
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916 (influenza); transferred to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, 24 March 1916; to Hospital Train No 4, 25 March 1916 (vaccine treatment), and admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 25 March 1916; discharged to Zeitoun, 12 April 1916 (sycosis cerba); proceeded to rejoin unit, 19 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 19/7/16.

German report, 30 July 1916: 'austr. Sold. McLean, H, Erk.Mrk. 293, D. 32. Bn am 19.7 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 1940801: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll. Eldest brother's (James William McLean) address (1921) Llanelly, Victoria; Sister: E.M. Pascoe (1944), 19 Vauxhall Street, Erindale, New South Wales.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLEAN Hugh
Red Cross file 1940801

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