No.50010 Private Angus Patrick McLean
Angus Patrick McLean was born at Wentworth, New South Wales in 1882, to Hugh 'Hughie' and Catherine 'Kate' McLean, (nee O'Flaherty) (Cert No.28813/1882). His parents had married in Victoria the previous year.*
In 1906, Angus Patrick McLean married Ada Margaret Beeckey at Gol Gol in New South Wales.**
The couple then moved to Noorat near Corangamite in Victoria, where Angus worked as a labourer. Their only known child Alan McLean, was born at Noorat, Victoria, in 1909.
The 1912 and 1913 Electoral Rolls records Angus Patrick McLean at 9 Little Palmerston Street Carlton, working as a labourer, along with his wife Ada Margaret McLean.
They then relocated to Swan Hill later in 1913, and remained there until 1914.
Around 1916 the family had moved to Werribee, where Angus was still working as a labourer. This was when he decided to enlist in the A.I.F.
At the age of 34 years, Angus McLean swore his oath to serve with the A.I.F. at Melbourne on 31 July 1916. He had undergone a preliminary medical examination at Werribee by local Doctor Manly, who had referred him to a medical board. The doctor was concerned about an injury to Angus’ left foot. After a second examination, later in the day at Melbourne, Angus was accepted for training.
The injury to his left big toe had happened in April 1916 while he was a civilian. The wheel of a 3½ tonne truck ran over his foot, and this caused him to be hospitalised for six weeks.
On 16 August, he was sent to the 21st Depot Battalion at Royal Park, where he was a member of “C” Company. He remained there for just three weeks before the decision was made that his foot was still a problem, and that his services were not required.
On 6 September 1916, Private Angus McLean was discharged on account of him being medically unfit for overseas service.
After being discharged from the A.I.F., the family shifted out to the Metropolitan Farm at Werribee, where Angus was employed as a nurseryman. He remained there until his death in 1925. His death was registered at Fitzroy, Victoria, in 1925. He was just 43 years of age.
After Angus Patrick McLean died in 1925,*** his wife Ada then moved to 505 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, where she found work as a dressmaker.
Medals and Entitlements:
- None received
Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: “McLEAN, A.P.”
The name "McLean, A.P. from Werribee" first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 3 August 1916, p.1.
His place of origin changed to Little River in Werribee Shire Banner, 3 February 1919, p.3.
The was also a Rev. A. S. McLean who was a Presbyterian Minister at Werribee in 1918.
Werribee Shire Banner, 17 January 1918, p.2.
*Ancestry. Victoria Certificate 5253a/1881
**Edwardian Index, Victoria 1902-1913 Certificate No.3563/1906
***An Angus McLean was buried at the Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery on 13 April 1925.
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