Regiment:               Royal Engineers, 20th Light Railway Company  

Rank & Number:     
Sapper, 210509 & WR/261867  

13 December 1890; Railway Buildings, Fairlie  

                       09 December 1918; France  

Buried Denain Communal Cemetery, France

was born 13 Dec 1890 at Railway Buildings, Fairlie, to parents George McClelland, railway engine driver, and Jane Cook (who were married at Kilbirnie on 9 June 1871).  He died of pneumonia in France on 09 Dec 1918, and is buried at Denain Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.  He is commemorated on Fairlie War Memorial, and on the family stone in Largs Cemetery which reads “died 11 Dec 1918 aged 28, interred at British Military Cemetery, Demain, Northern France”  

In the 1901 Census, Hugh, aged 10, is living Railway Buildings, Fairlie with father George (55, b. Stevenston, railway engine driver) and siblings Jane (21, b. Ardrossan), George (19, railway clerk, b. Ardrossan),  Edwd (15, house plumber app, b. Ardrossan) & William (14, b. Ardrossan)    

His medal index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

21 December 1918     
The Toll Of War:  This week we have to record the passing of another of the Fairlie boys on service.  Private Hugh McLelland, son of the late Mr. George McLelland, who for many years was engaged as a locomotive driver here, died of pneumonia in France on 9th inst.  He was 28 years of age and well known to the village boys.

  Denain Communal Cemetery, France

  Inscription on family headstone in Largs Cemetery

Headstone & Cemetery Images © TWGPP
Inscription Image
© J. McGinlay

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