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27448   Private Thomas Harrison McClean
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/08/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/12/1897
Died: 02/04/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 19
Summary      
Thomas Harrison R McClean was the only son of John and Emily McClean. Thomas McClean was born on 31st December 1897 in the Coalisland. He had an older sister. 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 the only son of John and Emily McClean. John R B McClean and Emily Patchell were married on 21st June 1892 in the district of Dungannon.
Thomas McClean was born on 31st December 1897 in the Coalisland area. He had an older sister.
Family: John R B McClean, Emily M McClean, Frances Priscilla McClean (born 29th May 1893), Thomas Harrison R McClean (born 31st December 1897).
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.
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 in November 1915.
Medal card
1917
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.
1919
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.
Last Will and Testament
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.
Memorials
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.
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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
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
21/06/1892 M Patchell Emily Parent M/1892/T1/1417/6/36b
21/06/1892 M McLean John Parent M/1892/T1/1417/6/36a
29/05/1893 B McLean Frances Sibling U/1893/110/1012/18/158
31/12/1897 B McLean Thomas Casualty U/1898/110/1012/20/38
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 - Dungannon 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 Facebook - WW1 Centenary Quilt Details and photo
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Thomas McClean
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Thomas McClean's headstone can be purchased here.
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