Alexander McLEAN

Regiment:                Royal Highlanders (Black Watch),
                                10th Btn.  

Rank & Number:     
Private, S/5402  

05 February 1884; Fairlie  

Died:                        29 April 1938; Arran View, Fairlie  

Brother of Angus McLean

ALEXANDER MCLEAN was born 05 Feb 1884 in Fairlie, to parents Archibald, a house painter, and Margaret Dickie (who married in Largs on 31 Dec 1875).  He was christened in Fairlie Free Church on 09 Mar 1884.  He died of fibrosis of the lung at home at Arran View, Fairlie on 29 Apr 1938 (aged 55, shipyard joiner, married) and is buried in Largs Cemetery.   
Note - name given as Alexander Dickie McLean on death extract, but only Alexander McLean on birth extract.

He married Isabella Fraser in Inverness in 1919  

In the 1891 Census, Alexander, aged 7, is living Oakbank, Fairlie with parents Archibald (45, b. Largs, house painter) and Margaret (40, b. Fairlie) and siblings Mary G (12), Angus (9), Robert (3m) and Archibald (5)                                                                       

In the 1901 Census, aged 17 and an apprentice house joiner, he is living Oak Bank, Fairlie with parents Archd (54, house painter) and Marget (50), with siblings Angus (19, house painter), Archd (15, telegraph messenger) and cousin William Beck (14)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 27 and a ship joiner, living Oakbank, Fairlie with parents Archibald (65, house & ship painter, employer) and Margaret (60, m 35 years, 5 children/3 living) and brother Archibald (25, house & ship painter); brother Angus and family are in the next household    

Named in the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed Dec 1914 (McLean, Pte. Alex., Oak Bank, Fairlie, Black Watch).  He enlisted 14 Sep 1914; the first theatre of war entered was France on 20 Sep 1915; and on 17 Jun 1916 the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported he was in Salonica. The Silver War Badge list shows he was discharged “Class P Army Reserve” (services more valuable in civil life) on 01 Aug 1918.  His medal roll shows he received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

6 November 1915       
Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded.  

26 February 1916
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).  

17 June 1916

Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.

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