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
Buried St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Oliver’s Mount War Memorial, Scarborough
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.