QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (64721 Gnr. J. McLean. R.H.A.), right hand side clasp carriage broken on QSA;
KSA (2) (64721 Gnr. J. McLean. R.F.A.).
James McLean, a native of Aidree, Lanarkshire, attested for the Royal Artillery on 23 November 1887. Transferring to the Reserve on 23 November 1894, he was recalled for service during the Boer War, serving in South Africa from 17 February 1900 to 29 August 1902, and was taken Prisoner of War at Nitral’s Nek on 11 July 1900.
I wonder if this might be a typo from the SAFF casualty roll which has been transcribed across onto the ABW database.
When using the Regimental No. 48494 on Ancestry, it is not J McLean that appears, but the name Gunner J. McCrory also of "O" Battery Royal Horse Artillery and he is stated to be also invalided in the remarks column.
I have checked the SAFF registry and there is only one entry for a 48494 and it records Gunner J McLean. I agree with Trev ref a possible mix up with the surname. 48494 is attributed to J McCrory who served in M battery and O battery. It appears that both men served in both RHA and RFA and both in O battery.
I found the other roll for your ref.
Ps.....Are the medals up for sale with Dix Noonan? or have they already been sold.
Looking at the upcoming medal auction in June, I couldn't find the pair in the preview.
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