Claude Middleton McLean was born on 25th November 1898 in Woodstock, Carleton, New Brunswick, Canada.
The 1901 Census for Canada on Ancestry.co.uk shows that the McLean family were living in Woodstock, New Brunswick. Head of the family James T McLean was Claude’s Grandfather, age 50 and his Grandmother, Catherine was 54 years of age. Their children were, Sadie age 27 and Nettie age 22 and Claude’s father Ernest Middleton McLean age 29, born April 1872 who was a Clerk Druggist by trade. Claude’s mother was Laura (nee Milbury) age 29 born March 1972 in New Brunswick.Their children were Hildred age 8 born August 1892 and Claude age 3 born November 1898.
Ten years on the family appear to be living in their own residence but still in Woodstock. Head is Ernest age 39 a Labourer by trade, his wife Laura age 39, their daughter Hildred age 18, a Telephone Operator by trade, Claude age 13 and a new addition to the family, Marvin age 7 born December 1902.
Attestation Papers for Private 336290, Claude Middleton McLean, 65th Depot Battery C.F.A. Library of Canada Archives.
Claude enlisted into the 65th Battery on 22nd April 1918at Woodstock, he gave his next of kin as his mother Mrs Laura May McLean of Woodstock, New Bruswick and his trade as Farmer.
After basic training in Canada, Claude embarked from Quebec aboard the H.M.T. Themostocles on 10th September 1918 and on arrival in London on 25th September 1918, he was posted to Whitley Army Camp As hostilities were coming to an end Claude was posted to Kinmel Camp, Rhyl, to await discharge and repatriation to Canada.
Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.
Tragically, Claude Middleton McLean contracted Influenza and died in the Canadian General Hospital on 19th October 1918.
He was awarded The British War Medal
Claude left his Last Effects to his mother Laura. Canadian General
He is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
Claude is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.