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Appeal For Relatives - Nov 2015 (1)

24 November 2015

On 10 August 1915, Private John Kenneth McLean, soldier of the 43rd Regiment of the Canadian Militia, drowned in the Ottawa River (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) alongside Private John Royston of the same military unit.

Both bodies were recovered and interred in the same grave (section A, row 27, grave 23) at Ottawa Beechwood Cemetery. However, only Private Royston is commemorated with a Commission headstone while Private McLean presently lies in the same grave but is not commemorated. The Commission has confirmed his death whilst in service and will proceed with the installation of a headstone in 2016.

According to the Province of Ontario's Burial Permit, Private McLean was originally from Kent, England and was 18 years old at the time of death.

If you can help please contact cwgc-canada@vac-acc.gc.ca