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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 19/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/06/1898
Died: 29/05/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 18
Alexander McLean was the son of Hugh and Ann McClean. He was born in Portglenone on 13th June 1898. His father was a farm labourer. They lived in the Portglenone area, latterly in Bracknamuckley. Rifleman Alexander McLean was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action in Belgium on Tuesday 29th May 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Pond Farm Cemetery
  Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave O-17
CWGC Casualty 2000050
Pond Farm Cemetery is located south-west of Ieper near the village of Wulvergem. From Ieper town centre follow the Rijselstraat to the roundabout at the ring road; go straight over the roundabout and follow direction for Armentieres. In the next village at the roundabout bear right in the direction of Mesen. Follow the main road straight through Wijtschate and onto Mesen. On reaching the village of Mesen, turn right at the crossroads in the direction of Wulvergem. At the crossroads in Wulvergem by the church turn right in the direction of Wijtschate. Follow this road for a short distance then take the first turning left into Vrooilandstraat. The cemetery is along here on the left.
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1 1901 Census lists 'McClean' family 1901 census lists Alexander as age 2 living with the family at house 55 in Garvaghy, Portglanone, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists McLean family 1911 census lists Alexander as age 13 living with the family at house 45 in Bracknamuckley, Lisnagarran, Antrim
3 Photo of 2nd Lieutenant Tom McKnight 's grave and himself
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Rifleman Alexander McLean
5 National Archives UK Medal Card of Rifleman Alexander McLean can be purchased here
6 Third Presbyterian Church, Portglenone Rifleman Alexander McLean listed on Roll of Honour
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman Alexander McLean's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023