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   Lieutenant Robert John McLean
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 05/02/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 24th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Died: 04/04/1919 (Died by accident)
Age: 44
Robert John McClean was the son of John and Jane McLean. Robert was born about 1877. His father was Clerk of Petty Sessions, living in Draperstown. At some point Robert emigrated to Canada. Robert was active in the 29th Light Horse and was an insurance broker living in Regina. Regina is the capital city of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Robert McLean enlisted at Regina late in 1916. Lieutenant Robert John McLean was serving with the 24th Battalion (the Québec Regiment) of the Canadian Infantry when he was involved in an accident on 2nd April 1919 that resulted in a compound fracture of his leg. Despite the amputation of his leg, Lieutenant Robert John McLean died two days later of his injuries on 4th April 1919.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Valenciennes St Roch Com Cemetery
  Valenciennes, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave II-C-29
CWGC Casualty 577709
Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery is situated on the north-east side of Valenciennes, about 1.5 kilometres from the centre. It is on the north side of the road to Bruay-sur-L'Escaut.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Draperstown Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Draperstown
2 Tobermore War Memorial - WW1 - Part 2 Tobermore
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Tobermore Book WW1 47
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McClean family 1901 census does not list Robert as living with the family at house 116 in Draperstown, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists McClean family 1911 census does not list Robert as living with the family at house 110 in Draperstown, Londonderry
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Lieutenant Robert John McLean
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Lieutenant Robert John McLean including grave photo
5 Saskatchewan War Memorial Project Details of Lieutenant Robert John McLean
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieutenant Robert John McLean's grave can be purchased here
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