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Full Name: John Raymond McLean
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): John Raymond
Surname: McLean
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 354
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Next of Kin: Mr M. McLean (father), Allendale Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment Date: 14 September 1914
Military District: Australia
Body on Embarkation: Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
Embarkation Unit: 14th Battalion, Australian Infantry Regiment, 14 Battalion
Last Unit Served: Australian Imperial Force, 14th Battalion
Place of Death: Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death: 27 April 1915
Age at Death: 29
Year of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Quinn's Post Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Grave Reference: D.8.
Memorial Name:
  • Roll of Honour, College Rifles, Rugby Union Football & Sports Club, 33 Haast Street, Remuera, Auckland
  • King's College Memorial Chapel, Otahuhu, Auckland
Obituary: "The Mayor of Mount Albert, Mr. Murdoch McLean, has received information from the Adjutant-General of the Forces, and also from the Prime Minister that his eldest surviving son, Private John Raymond McLean, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on May 25. Deceased, who was 29 years of age, was educated at King's College, and was a member of the Old Boys Association. He was keenly interested in boxing, and about 10 years ago, when a member of the College Rifles, he won the provincial volunteer forces middle-weight boxing championship at the competitions during the visit of the American fleet. He was a member of the West End Rowing Club. For several years he was employed with his father, and worked with him on the Otira tunnel contract, and three years ago he engaged in mining in Australia. He joined the 14th Battalion of the First Australian Expeditionary Force. Another of Mr. McLeans sons, Neil, only 20 years of age, left for Trentham on Friday, and a third son holds a commission in the Territorial Force. He will leave for the front when appointed to a company." (Auckland Weekly News, 3 June 1915, p. 20)
Biographical Notes:
  • John McLean was the son of Murdoch and Isabella Welsh McLean, of Ainslie, Mount Albert, Auckland.
  • His brothers, Neil Clifford (23/230) and Ronald Douglas McLean (12/3759), also served in the war.
  • Attended King's College, Auckland (1901-2).
  • Member of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club
  • The King's College Roll of Honour records his date of death as 28 April 1915; his obituary in the Auckland Weekly News records it as 25 May.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, J.R. McLean in uniform shirt, hat
  • Portrait, J.R. McLean in uniform jacket
  • Roll of Honour, College Rifles, Rugby Union Football & Sports Club, Auckland (image I. Appleton July 2012)
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • King's College, Auckland. (1918). King's College, Auckland : the Great War, 1914-18. Auckland, N.Z.: The College.
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