McClean or McLean Brothers

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Reference WMO/272030

Address:

Whitechurch Cemetery

Ballywalter

Northern Ireland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Leaded
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: This is a relatively ornate headstone erected by a Father Who lost 3 of his sons in the Great War of 1914-1918 Military records show that John McLean served in the 6th Battalion and also the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles before he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion. During the First World War Rifleman John McLean served in the Balkan Theatre of War before being posted to France and he was 26 when he was killed in action on 23 March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. Rifleman John McLean has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France. He made his will on 25 July 1915 and in it he bequeathed all of his property and effects to his father, Alexander McLean, then living at Newpark, Blackrock, Dublin. Rifleman John McLean is commemorated on the McLean family grave headstone in Whitechurch Cemetery Ballywalter; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in the County Cork Book of Honour entitled A Great Sacrifice – Cork Servicemen Who Died in the Great War.
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Erected by Alexander McLean In proud and loving memory Of his three sons, who voluntarily Answered the Nation’s call and gave Their lives for King and Country. John McLean, R I Rifles Born 1st June 1891, died 25th March 1918 George Alexander McLean R F Artillery Born 14th January 1893, died 23rd December 1916 William Robert McLean, Cheshire Regiment Born 19th July 1894, died 7th September 1918 Also his wife Elizabeth died 6th May 1902 Interred in Templetryen Cork aged 38 years Also his son Samuel died 16th August 1916 Interred in Deans Grange Dublin aged 18 years

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