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Pte Robert McLean

CWGC Details

Name: McLEAN
Initials: R A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 13th (Scottish Horse) Bn.
Date of Death: 18/10/1918
Service No: 315389
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 8.




Newbattle Church  Parish Supplement

Robert McLean , whose home was at 49 Muirpark, Dalkeith was one of four brothers who joined the army not long after the outrbreak of war. He enlisted in the Scottish Horse in June 1915 and underwent his training at Dunkeld and Aldershot. He went off to Salonika in the following October, where he faithfully did his duty for two and a half years.

During the summer of 1918 Robert McLean came home on leave and left on 30th July for the battlefields of France. On 18th October our young hero was severely wounded in the leg and admitted to hospital in a critical condition. Everything possible was done to save his life, but it was of no avail. He passed away on the evening of the same day.

Robert McLean was a young man of high character and held in much esteem by all who knew him. In civil life he was employed as a lorryman with the North British railway Company at Eskbank and Dalkeith. He was twenty four years of age.

The heartfelt sympathy of all goes forth to the father, sisters and brothers. It is less than two years since the father, Mr Robert McLean (snr), 49 Muirpark, lost his wife with startling suddeness, whilst his son Thomas was killed in Frace last January (1917) whilst serving with the Austrailian Imperial Force.

Newbattle Parish Church Supplement - December, 1918.