838144 Pte. Colin McLean was born to John and Margaret McLean on October 21st, 1893, in Durham, Grey County, Ontario.

A clerk by occupation, Colin attested into the 147th (Grey) Battalion, on November 30th, 1915, in Owen Sound, Ontario.

One of 354 men of the 147th BN to be transferred to the 4th CMR, Colin found himself in the field with the regiment on November 9th, 1917, when an exhausted 4th CMR were back in the forward area south west of Ypres, supplying large working parties around Abeele, Belgium.

Serving without noted incident, Colin was in trenches with comrades south of Mericourt, France, on the morning of February 21st, 1918. Around 9am, a fellow 4th CMR man, cleaning a rifle and thinking it not loaded, accidentally discharged it, killing Colin, aged 24, in the process.

Private Colin McLean lies at rest in Thelus Military Cemetery, located near the village of Thelus, France.

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Biography credit with thanks to Linda Heffernan. Additional service details provided by 4cmr.com

Image supplied by Linda Heffernan, with source and credit to J Stephen 2010.