War grave of 237977 Leading Seaman James McLEAN
Full name: James McLEAN
Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: St Nicholas, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Names of parents: James McLEAN and Margaret Helen MCLEAN (nee BONNER)
Occupation prior to enlistment: Unknown
Date enlisted: Unknown
Service: Royal Navy
Next of kin: James McLEAN and Margaret Helen MCLEAN
Date of death: 3 January 1919
Cause of death: Illness (believed to be the Spanish Flu)
Place of death: Romania
Unit at time of death: HMS Mersey
Buried at: Bucharest War Cemetery
Third child of five children of James McLEAN and Margaret Helen MCLEAN.
It is not known if Able Seaman MCLEAN if migrated to Australia with his parents and then returned to the UK where he enlisted in the Royal Navy.
Wikipedia (25 Sep 2018) records:
Mersey had a relatively successful career in the First World War and had two prominent incidents. At the Battle of Yser in 1914, off the coast of Belgium, she bombarded German troops as well as artillery positions. In July 1915, she was towed to the Rufiji River delta (by Liverpool tugs HMS Blackcock, Sarah Joliffe and T A Joliffe, and from the Thames fleet Danube II, Southhampton and Revenger) in German East Africa, where she and Severn then assisted in the destruction of the German light cruiser Konisberg.
The monitor later went to the Mediterranean and served on the River Danube.
Five crewmen died between January 3 and January 6, 1919. They are buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Bucharest War Cemetery, Bucharest, Romania.
His parents were living at 6 Horsburg Grove, Malvern, Melbourne, at the time the CWGC gathered the family information.
The Cemetery photographs shown here were taken by Victor Harbor RSL members Ian & Janet MILNES on 29 April 2018.
Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll of Honour ( https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1430228 )
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/473339/mclean,-/ )