Frederick James McLean

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: February 1914
  • Place of enlistment: HMS Unicorn, Dundee
  • Service no: Clyde 2/207
  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: H.M.S. Vivid
  • Place of Death: Naval Hospital, Stonehouse
  • Age at Death: 20
  • Date of Death: 01.04.1915
  • Burial Country: England
  • Cemetery: Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Church S.4.5.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 25.06.1894
  • Place of Birth: Burntisland, Fife
  • Address: 5 Arklay Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Jute Mill Worker
  • Mother:

    Jessie Foy Sutherland

  • Father:

    Daniel McLean

  • Siblings:

    Christina & Daisy

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Frederick James McLean

Fred was the son of Mr & Mrs McLean, 5 Arklay St, Dundee. He died of Pneumonia whilst serving at H.M.S. Vivid which was the name of the Naval barracks at Plymouth.

Fred shares a burial plot with Stoker John Robson Wilson, 6649S, H.M.S. Vivid, who died 20.03.1915 and Able Seaman William Thomas Milton, J/4934, H.M.S. Vivid, who died 23.03.1915.

Family Background:

Fred`s father, Daniel, was a Post Office worker who had previously been a coastguard. The family lived at 10 Carmichael Street and then 5 Arklay Street, Dundee.

Service History:

Fred enlisted in the RNVR onboard Unicorn in February 1914,joining the Hood Battalion at the start of the war and fighting at Antwerp. He then transferred to the sea service, based at HMS Vivid, the Naval barracks at Devonport. He became ill there with pneumonia and died in the Naval Hospital, Stonehouse on 1st April 1915.


Frederick J McLean was the son of Mr and Mrs Jessie McLean of 5 Arklay Street, Dundee joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve onboard HMS Unicorn in February 1914. He was employed as an Apprentice Plumber. In August 1914 he was called up and drafted to the Royal Naval Division forming at Betteshanger and Walmer near Deal in Kent. In early October he fought at Antwerp whilst serving with the Hood Battalion but opted to transfer to sea service on his return to Britain. He was based in HMS Vivid, the Naval Barracks in Devonport, when he became ill and died from pneumonia in the Royal Naval Hospital Stonehouse in Plymouth on 1 April 1915. His burial took place in the Ford Park Cemetery in Plymouth. Frederick McLean is commemorated on the HMS Unicorn Roll of Honour and in St Martin’s Episcopal Church, Dundee. The Peoples Journal of 10 April 1915 has a photograph and an account of his death.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson. Additional information very kindly supplied by Laura Donnachie and Hugh Macrae.

Further information supplied by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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