McClean, Michael (No. 20974)

McClean, Michael (Mick)


No. 20974, 8th Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)

Died of wounds on Friday 13 October 1916 (aged 28)


Kilcoo Roman Catholic Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave in South-East part)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


In some records his surname is spelt McLean.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Private Michael McClean (No. 20974) was born in Kilcoo, lived in Holywood, enlisted in Belfast and had previous service with the Connaught Rangers (No. 4/4568).  This service is not recorded on his Medal Index Card.  Private Michael McClean went overseas with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in 49th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division and he was 28 when he died of wounds on 13 October 1916 in No. 4 General Hospital, Stobhill, Glasgow.

Michael McClean was born on 13 November 1887 in the townland of Tullyree, Bryansford and he was a son of James and Catharine McClean (nee Rogers, sometimes Rodgers) who were married on 8 May 1877 in Bryansford Roman Catholic Church.

James McClean was a farmer and he and Catherine had at least twelve children:

James (born 5 March 1878, died the same day)

James (born 27 April 1879)

Mary (born 29 August 1880)

Bridget (born 24 June 1882)

Annie (born around 1884)

John (born 31 October 1885)

Margaret (Maggie, born 10 October 1886)

Michael (born 13 November 1887 in Tullyree, Bryansford)

Theresa (born 10 December 1888)

John (born around 1891)

Norah (born 24 July 1892)

P Joseph (born around 1895)

Michael McClean and Elizabeth (Lizzie) McCombe were married on 31 August 1909 in Loughinisland Roman Catholic Church.  Elizabeth McCombe from Cumran was a daughter of Patrick McCombe, a farmer.

Their son James was born 11 July 1910 in Cumran.

Michael McClean was a farmer and the family lived in the townland of Cumran, Seaforde.