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27448   Private Thomas Harrison McClean
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 02/04/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 19
Summary      
Thomas Harrison R McClean was born the only son of John R B McClean and Emily McClean. Thomas was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone about 1898. His father was a farmer. Thomas McClean enlisted in Dungannon. Private Thomas McClean was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was injured. He died of wounds in France on 1st April 1917. He was 19 years old.
Private Thomas Harrison McClean
Further Information
Thomas Harrison R McClean was born the only son of John R B McClean and Emily McClean. Thomas was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone about 1898.
The 1901 census lists Thomas H R as age 3 living with the family at house 15 in Mullaghateige, Drumaspil, Tyrone. His father was a farmer.
Family: John R B McClean, Emily M McClean, Francis F McClean (born about 1894), Thomas H R McClean (born about 1898).
The 1911 census lists Thomas H R as age 13 living with the family at house 7 in Mullaghateige, Drumaspil, Tyrone. He was still at school
Thomas McClean enlisted in Dungannon.
Private Thomas McClean was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was injured.
Private Thomas McClean died of wounds in France on 2nd April 1917. He was 19 years old.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 27th April 1917:
Private Thomas McClean, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Drummuck, Dungannon, wounded.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 30th April 1917:
Private Thomas McClean, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Drummuck, Dungannon, died from wounds. He was a grandson of the late Mr John Patchell, J.P., a former manager of the Dungannon branch of the Provincial Bank of Ireland.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 10 May 1917:
Private Thomas Harrison McClean, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, of Kerndale, Drummuck, Bush, Dungannon, died of wounds received on 1st April 1917.
Last Will and Testament of Thomas McClean
In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to Mr J R B McClean, father, of Drummuck, Dungannon, Ireland. Thomas McClean, 27448 Private. 3 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 29th December 1916.
Private Thomas McClean is buried in Foreste Communal Cemetery, which was used by the 92nd Field Ambulance in April 1917 and later by the 61st (South Midland) Division.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 3 April 1919: In Memorial
McClean In loving memory of my brother, Private Thomas McClean, late of Ferndale, Drummuck, Dungannon, who died from wounds received in action on 1st April 1917, also my grandmother, Mrs Frederick McClean, who died on 14th April 1911 at Riversdale, Bush, Dungannon. Priscilla Laverty. 38 Titania Street, Cregagh Road, Belfast.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 10 April 1919: In Memorial
McClean In loving memory of my dear son Private Thomas Harrison R McClean, (No. 27448) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who died of wounds, received in action on 1st April 1917, in 92 Field Ambulance, France and buried S. W. Peronne.
'He marched away so bravely
His young head proudly held.
His footsteps never faltered,
His courage never failed.
Upon the field of battle
He calmly took his place.
And fought and died for Britain,
And the honour of his race.'
Inserted by his loving mother, Emily McClean, Drummuck, Dungannon.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Mullaghateige, Bush Killyman Census listing in Mullaghateige, Drumaspil 54.517196 -6.725378
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McClean family Lists Thomas H R as age 3 living with the family at house 15 in Mullaghateige, Drumaspil, Tyrone
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory McClean, J. R. B., Millbank, The Bush
3 1911 Census lists McClean family Lists Thomas H R as age 13 living with the family at house 7 in Mullaghteige, Drumaspil, Tyrone
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Thomas McClean
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Thomas McClean's headstone can be purchased here.
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