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Field, Claude John McLean (6500)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 23 years 2 Months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 6 May 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 6500            view online service record

Cowper Street
Hawthorn VIC

Next of Kin:
John Field (father)
‘Mont Aloha’, Canterbury Road
Canterbury, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 2 October 1916
Ship: HMAT Nestor A71
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion – 21st Reinforcements

KIA: Thursday, 4 October 1917
Place: Belgium

Lance Corporal, 37 Infantry, killed in action 4 Octover, 1917, Belgium, aged 24, commemorated Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.

Parents: John McLean and Eliza Jane FIELD, born Port Melbourne (Attestation), South Melbourne (circular), educated Auburn SS, University High School. Field is anoher marginal inclusion depending on his correct place of birth. He enlisted as a 23-year-old shipping clerk, his address Hawthorn, with his mother in Canterbury as next of kin. Witnesses suggested he was buried with three others in a shell hole, but his remains were never recovered; no known grave. The circular nominated Canterbury as the late serviceman’s closest place of association.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted August 27, 2017 10.56 am 0Likes

    “Field was killed in the fourth Ypres stunt. We went over the first thing in the morning at dawn and he was wounded with the shrapnel in the body and killed instantly. I did not see him hit, but saw his body afterwards when i helped to put him and three others into a shell hole and left them. we did not cover them at all. He was fairly tall, straight black hair and dark complexion. He was quite young, about 22. I think he was a Victorian. He left Australia with the 7th Bn. to which he then belonged. (Pte. R. Barber, 6450)

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