James J McLean

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First name: James

Middle name: J

Last name: McLean

Personal information:

J. J. McLean, labourer of Darlinghurst, Sydney was 21 years old when he enlisted at Longreach, Queensland, 14 May 1915 as a private with the 25th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. He embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915 and served in France where he was wounded, 5 Aug. 1916. He was hospitalised in England and was discharged in Sydney 7 Nov. 1917

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.

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