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71062   Private Wesley McClelland
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 5th Cyclist Battalion, North Irish Horse (British Army)
Died: 16/08/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Wesley McClelland was born in the parish of Derryloran and lived with his family in Cookstown. He enlisted in Cookstown with the North Irish Horse. On the 16th August 1918, 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
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.
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 Medal at auction - Dec 2003 1914 Star (663 Pte. W. McClelland, N. Ir. H.), together with North Irish Horse cap badge
4 North Irish Horse website Image of "Burial Return" document listing 10 casualties inc Trooper McClelland
5 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Wesley McClelland
6 Ulster Towns Directory for 1910 The Cookstown Section lists Wesley's father Sloane as a baker, grocer and restauranteur
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018