ALEXANDER MCLEANwas 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
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
and Margaret (40,
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
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
SERVICE DETAILS 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.
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
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).
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.