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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1895 - 1918 (22 years)
||Colin Donald Sydney MCLEAN  |
||13 Oct 1895
||Kiata Vic 
||* Colin Donald Sydney McLean was the 3rd son and 5th child of Donald Henry and Ellen Joanna McLEAN, born 13/10/1895|
* On the outbreak of World War I, he was unmarried and enlisted in the 1st A.l.F.
* After seven week's training at Mitcham Camp, followed by four weeks training in England, Private McLean joined the 32nd Battalion with the 9th reinforcements. He served with them for 12 months and was transferred to the 50th Battalion after his elder brother, James, joined it.
* He was a great athlete, and being a distance runner, he was for a time engaged in running dispatches from front lines to Battalion headquarters.
* The principal battles he was engaged in were The Somme, Bullecourt, Pollegyn Wood and Passchendale.
* While in England, Private McLean had the honour to perform before the King, and his photo, amongst a group of athletes, appeared in the Adelaide "Chronicle".
* He was presented with a medal by King George.
* He was running a dispatch when he met his death in France at Brae on 13/8/1918.
* James was in close proximity when he was killed outright.
* A memorial service was held in the Pinnaroo Presbyterian Church on September 29th, 1918 for Private Colin McLean and Corporal Chas, T. Routley, both of Murrayville
* Obituary: Summarised from a newspaper clipping dated 4/10/1918.
||Colin's father, Donald McLean, was interviewed for an article in 'The Register', 26th May 1923, page 15.|
A MESSAGE FROM SPIRIT LAND
Mr McLean told a pathetic story concerning his youngest son, who insisted upon going to the war before he was 21 years of age. He was a born athlete, and was engaged in running dispatches. He received two 'touches' by a bullet - one on the point of a figure, and the other grazed his knee - but he was never put out of action. However, he was subsequently killed. He was standing in the trenches, and the enemy were sending over shells one morning at 5 o'clock. One killed four men, and young McLean was among the victims.
Mr and Mrs McLean received a curious premonition of disaster at the time of their soldier-son's death. Here is the story.
"My wife and I were on the home farm near Murrayville at noon on a certain Sunday morning. Our daughter and a young lady guest were at church. I was writing a letter to the lad, when I thought I heard footsteps go into his room. My wife came out and asked me who went in there. I said I thought the girls were home from church and that our visitor had gone into this room, which she was occupying. My wife looked into the room and saw nobody, and then went outside and found that the girls were several hundred yards away from the place in the buggy on their way home from church. My wife said to me, "Did you hear anyone speak when you heard the footsteps coming into the room?" I replied that I did not and Mrs McLean added, "That is what brought me out. I heard someone say distinctly, "How are you" and I heard the footsteps. The reason why I came out was because you did not answer, and I wondered why you did not speak."
"I only heard the footsteps", I said to my wife, and then added that I thought it was a sort of message to say that our son had been killed.
My wife said, "That is what I think."
And it turned out that is about that date that he was killed." 
|Cause of death
||Killed when serving with the AIF during World War I  |
||13 Aug 1918
||Brae France 
|1st AIF in WW1 - killed in Brae, France |
||13 Aug 1918
||Brae France 
||Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
||30 Apr 2020 |
Colin D S McLean
- [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .
- [S-71] NEWSPAPER TROVE Adelaide Register SA, Page 15 of 26th May 1923 .
- [S-11] Birth record attached to this profile.