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 Charles Elgin “Charlie” McClean

Charles Elgin “Charlie” McClean

Ontario, Canada
Death 12 Jan 1969 (aged 72)
Ontario, Canada
Burial Brampton, Peel Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 84801031 · View Source
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Charlie was born in Sydenham, Grey County, Ontario, Canada to Ruth and John McLean. His older siblings were: Robert ( half brother), Maria, William John, Mary (Mae) Catherine, Thomas Howard ... and the younger siblings were James Russel, John Stanley, Ruth Agnes, and Racheal Ann.

He began working on farms at a young age when his father moved out west. He also worked on the Eugenia Dam that was built to be able supply power to the Eugenia Power Plant.

WWI Service History:
He enlisted on Aug. 2, 1915 at Camp Niagara with the 76th Battalion, CEF .. Service Number: 141954. For some unknown reason he spelled his last name as McClain when he enlisted so all his service records have that spelling. He trained in Canada before his unit embarked for overseas from Halifax in April of 1916 aboard SS Empress.

He was injured with server shrapnel wounds to the left leg on Oct. 8, 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and was sent back to England where he spent time in various convalescent hospitals .. one of them was Woodcote Park in Epsom. At one of the hospitals he met Daisy Maud Miles who was a volunteer there. They were married in London, England on June 15, 1918. Charlie returned to Canada with his new bride on S.S. Metagama which sailed out of Liverpool on Feb. 8, 1919 and arrived in St. John, NB on Feb. 17, 1919. He was discharged at Toronto on Mar. 13, 1919.

After returning to Canada Charlie worked at various jobs which included farming, blacksmith, building a dam at Hoggs Falls, for the town of Flesherton. He did buy his own farm in 1926 but eventually lost it due to the crash of 1929. Charlie and Daisy had five children .... their first child was stillborn (Earnest Elgin McClean - Dec. 23, 1919 and buried in the Markdale, ON area). The family lived in Markdale, Vandeleur, Flesherton, and then in Brampton where Charlie managed a farm for the Ontario Government. He spent his retirement years in Meadowvale, Ontario.

All three of Charles and Daisy's sons served during WWII. He served in the Lorne Scots Reserve.

It seems family members used different spellings of their last name ... some used two c’s and others used just one.

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  • Created by: Margaret Rose
  • Added: 10 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84801031
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Elgin “Charlie” McClean (27 Oct 1896–12 Jan 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84801031, citing Brampton Cemetery, Brampton, Peel Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Margaret Rose (contributor 47702872) .