McBEAN, John Robert

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Rank: Lance Corporal

Year of death: 1918

Date of birth: 1888

Date of death: 14/10/1918

Place of death: France

Service number: 28228

Regiment: 9th battalion Yorkshire Regiment

Medals: Military Medal

Cemetery location: Section N

Where remembered?:
Buried St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Oliver’s Mount War Memorial, Scarborough

Biographical Information

Born in Scarborough, eldest son of Thomas Henry and Mary Elizabeth, of 41 Melrose Street. Married Wilhelmina Alice and fathered three children. The family lives at 38 St Mary’s Walk, Scarborough. He fought on the Somme and was a stretcher bearer during the Battle of Messiness, where he was awarded the Military Medal.

The Scarborough Mercury reported on 26/10/1917 “Scarborough footballer awarded the Military Medal – Carried wounded in under heavy shellfire – Private John Robert McBean, Yorkshire Regiment, 38 St Mary’s Walk, has been awarded the Military Medal. The official note regarding the incident for which the distinction was awarded is as follows – The stretcher bearer displayed exceptional bravery in attending to wounded and carrying them in under heavy shellfire, regardless of his personal safety – The date attached is October 18th but as a result of bravery in July Private McBean came under notice. He is well known in local football circles, having assisted Wednesday and Saturday league clubs. He has been 13 months in France”

On 10/10/1918 he was wounded by rifle fire and evacuated to a military hospital, where he died.

His brother Harry was also killed in action and they are remembered on the same family headstone.

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