McLean, Albert: Service no. 81649

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Source: T.O.S. 18th Battalion December 1916.

Listed in War Diaries as Lieutenant A.A. McLean. A review of the service records does not find what his middle name is.

Description in War Diary of Lieutenant Albert McLean’s death:

Night of August 14/15:

“C” and “D” Coys moved into their assembly positions along the outpost line. “A” & “B” Coys came into support. “A” coy with one platoon at N.7.c.1.4. and two platoons at approximately M.12.b.3.0.

At 4.25 a.m. the 18th Battalion in conjunction with other Units of the 1st, and 2nd Canadian Divisions attacked the enemy lines from N.13.a.9.6. to N.7.70.15. the object being to capture and consolidate the enemy support line (CHICORY TRENCH) from N.14.a.05.55. to N.13.b.60.0. thence Westerly to N.13.b.05.35. The attack was entirely successful and 26 minutes after zero hour (4.25 a.m.) we occupied our objectives, capturing some 65 prisoners (165 P.I.R.). Lieuts. C.H. Biscoe and L.A. Bissell being wounded just as we reached the enemy front lines.

On the right by arrangement with the 21st Canadian Battalion we held CHICORY TRENCH up to N.14.c.15.65. and on the left pushed our posts forward to N.13.b.0.15. and controlled the railway cutting. Consolidation was rapidly proceeded with. At. 2.30 p.m. the enemy made a very strong bombing attack on the left of our Battalion and the right of the 21st Battalion and succeeded in entering a portion of our newly won trenches. During this enemy counter attack Lieut. A.A. McLean was killed. He had gathered a few men together and was leading up the LENS-BETHUNE road to give what assistance he could and was shot by an enemy sniper and instantly killed.

"Killed in Action" Was hit in the neck with a machine gun bullet and instantly killed, during an attack on enemy trenches, in front of Lens.

“Killed in Action” Was hit in the neck with a machine gun bullet and instantly killed, during an attack on enemy trenches, in front of Lens.

 

Inscription from the Vimy Memorial. Source: CVWM.

Inscription from the Vimy Memorial. Source: CVWM.

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