Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

John Victor McLean


John Victor McLean was born on the 8th June 1887 in Inverness to Marjory and James McLean. James McLean later worked as a Springmaker in Montreal.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

John first came to the University of Glasgow in 1905 to study for an MA, taking subjects such as Latin, Greek and Logic. He graduated on the 8th June 1909. Following his graduation he came back to the University to study Science for the year 1910-1911, although he never graduated with a degree in this. John was a good student and won a First Class Certificate in Mathematics, a prize in Humanity and a certificate in Geology.

For a time John worked as a teacher in Glasgow. However he was later began training to be an Actuary and is listed as a student of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

On the 10th May 1915 he enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in Montreal, having already had some military experience with volunteer forces. He served with the 2nd University Company of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. His enlistment papers describe him as 5ft 5ins tall, with hazel eyes and brown hair; he was 27 years old.

In 1916 it appears that he left the Canadian forces and joined the British, although the reasons for this are not clear. He fought with the 9th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant and died of wounds aged 29 on the 17th July 1916. 2nd Lieutenant John Victor McLean was cremated in Golders Green Crematorium in Middlesex. At the time of his enlistment John was not married, however by his death the name of a wife, Christina Alexander, is given.