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71062   Private Wesley McClelland
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 16/03/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Cyclist Battalion, North Irish Horse (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/01/1890
Died: 16/08/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
Wesley Charles McClelland was the son of Sloan and Sarah McClelland. He was born on 31st January 1890 in Cookstown. He was one of twelve children, eleven surviving. His father was a baker and grocer with a shop in William Street. Wesley was a baker also. Wesley enlisted in Cookstown. After taking part in the action of the German Spring Offensive of March 1918, the Regiment was further reduced when an officer and 13 men were attached to 64th Brigade, 21st Division on 14th August 1918. Two days later, on the Friday 16th August 1918, Private Wesley McClelland was killed in action as the division prepared for another attack on the Somme.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ancre British Cemetery
  Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 7-E-56
CWGC Casualty 2853886
Summary      
The village of Beaumont-Hamel was attacked on 1 July 1916 by the 29th Division, with the 4th on its left and the 36th (Ulster) on its right, but without success. On 3 September a further attack was delivered between Hamel and Beaumont-Hamel and on 13 and 14 November, the 51st (Highland), 63rd (Royal Naval), 39th and 19th (Western) Divisions finally succeeded in capturing Beaumont-Hamel, Beaucourt-sur-Ancre and St. Pierre-Divion. Following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, V Corps cleared this battlefield and created a number of cemeteries, of which Ancre British Cemetery (then called Ancre River No.1 British Cemetery, V Corps Cemetery No.26) was one. There were originally 517 burials almost all of the 63rd (Naval) and 36th Divisions, but after the Armistice the cemetery was greatly enlarged when many more graves from the same battlefields and from the following smaller burial grounds.
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Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph World War I - Panel 2 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 271
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McClelland family 1901 census lists Wesley as age 11 at house 12 in Oldtown Street, Cookstown,
2 1911 Census lists McClelland family 1911 census lists Charles Wetley as age 21, a baker, at house 14 in William Street, Cookstown
3 Herbert McClelland Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (150 no.) for Wesley's brother
4 Medal at auction - Dec 2003 1914 Star (663 Pte. W. McClelland, N. Ir. H.), together with North Irish Horse cap badge
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
6 North Irish Horse website details including photo of Wesley McClelland's grave
7 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Wesley McClelland
8 Ulster Towns Directory for 1910 The Cookstown Section lists Wesley's father Sloane as a baker, grocer and restauranteur
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Wesley McClelland's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018