Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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30/12/2015 James is commemorated on Garvagh, Co. Londonderry, War Memorial and also on the Roll of Honour in St. Paul's Parish Church (Church of Ireland) in Garvagh.
30/12/2015 HMS Tipperary led the 4th Flotilla at the Battle of Jutland under Captain C. J. Wintour. Tipperary and her squadron pressed home determined torpedo attacks on the German main battle line as it escaped across the rear of the British fleet during the night action, starting at approximately 23:20 on 31 May 1916 . The 4th Flotilla sank the German light cruiser SMS Frauenlob, but Tipperary and many of the other British destroyers were sunk or badly damaged. These engagements took place at such close range that some of Tipperary's squadron were able to hit the German dreadnoughts with their small 4-inch guns, causing casualties that included command officers on the bridges. HMS Tipperary was sunk on 1 June 1916 by 5.9 inch (150 mm) fire from the secondary battery of the German dreadnought SMS Westfalen with the loss of 185 hands from her crew of 197.
30/12/2015 James was serving as a Writer (3rd class) on HMS Tipperary with the Royal Navy when he was killed in the Battle of Jutland 1 June 1916.
30/12/2015 James at some stage moved to live in Garvagh.
30/12/2015 With the sheer scale of the variations on the spelling of the name 'MacLean' it has proved difficult to track down the family in the census results.
30/12/2015 In the book, 'Garvagh & Aghadowey Heroes 1914-18' by Robert Thompson, it states that his mother and father were Esther and James MacLean of Moy and he was born at Moy on 17th September 1885. His father was a land steward to one of the big landowners in County Tyrone. He was married to a Kathleen MacLean.
30/12/2015 James Gayton MacLean/McLean/McClean seems to have been a gardener on a local estate.
30/12/2015 James G MacLean was the son of James and Esther MacLean. James MacLean was born in Moy County Tyrone on 17th September 1885.
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