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Cpl Thomas McLean (AIF)

CWGC Information

Initials: T 
Nationality: Australian 
Rank: Corporal 
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 
Unit Text: 47th Bn. 
Age: 32 
Date of Death: 17/01/1918 
Service No: 4642 
Additional information: Son of Robert and Margrate Naysmith McLean; husband of J. R. Jarvis (formerly McLean), of 153, Crown St., Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Dalkeith, Scotland. 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 15. 


The son of Robert & the late Margrate Naysmith McLEAN, Thomas was born c1886 in Dalkeith, Scotland. Before moving to Australia around 1908, he served for 4 & a half years with the Royal Scots.His father and late mother were members of Newbattlle Parish Church and lived at 49 Muripark Dalkeith.

A CarpenterÂ’s labourer and a married man, he stood 5ft 11in tall, with blue eyes and fair hair, and sported a tattoo of a horseshoe on his right arm.

Enlisting in Brisbane on the 28/9/1915, he sailed with the 14th reinforcements of the 9th Battalion on the 31/1/1916, on board the Wandilla. After disembarking at Alexandria 5/3/1916, he re-embarked 3 months later on the HT Caledonia, which deposited him in Marseilles on the 9th June.

Thomas was wounded in action on the 12/8/16, his wound was listed as shell-shock, yet he returned to his unit 3 days later.

After being promoted to Corporal at the end of November 1917, he enjoyed a couple of weeks leave in the December / January. Two weeks after returning from leave he was dead.

Thomas was killed in action whilst serving with 47th Battalion AIF  17/1/1918, and is buried in the Spoilbank Cemetery at Zillebeke. He was 32 years old.

After his death, his wife Janet moved to Sydney, where she was remarried to Walter Jarvis in 1920.

He had four other brothers in the Army, so far I have only identified his brother Robert who was killed in action 1918 whist serving with the 13th Scottish Horse (Black Watch).