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L/Cpl Thomas Gordon McLean


McLean, Thomas Gordon, Toronto, Ontario, formerly of Calgary, Alberta, and Peterborough, Ontario. Occupation: law student. Military Service, Lance Corporal, Reg. No. 475969, 3rd University Company, PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “Word came through that Louis Robertson and Lance C[orporal]. [T.G.] Mclean is killed,” 3:19 Jul ’16.

Additional Biographical Information:

L/Cpl. Thomas Gordon McLean of Peterborough, Ontario, was a law student when he enlisted in the 3rd University Company in July 1915. He joined the PPCLI in February 1916 in the Kemmel Trenches outside of Ypres. He survived the Battle of Sanctuary Wood and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 17 June 1916. He died during the July 17-18 engagement in the Sanctuary Wood/Mount Sorrel lines a couple of hours after sustaining injuries from a trench mortar bomb. He was only 21 years of age. Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders, 110.

Date of Death: 19 July 1916. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, 2 km S.E. of Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Grave reference: VI.B.17.


Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium


Railway Dugouts Burial Ground