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Maclean, Ivan Clarkson

Captain Ivan Clarkson Maclean, D.S.O., M.C., R.A.M.C., died of wounds as a prisoner in a German hospital on April 4th , having previously been reported as missing on March 24th. He was the son of the late Major-General H. J. Maclean, Rifle Brigade, and was educated at Haileybury and at St. Thomas's Hospital. He took the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1906, and graduated M.B. and B.S. Lond. in the same year, and M.D. in 1909. He subsequently filled the posts of assistant in the x-ray and in the children's surgical department at St. Thomas's, of house-physician to the Brompton Consumption Hospital, and of anaesthetist to the Royal Ear Hospital, Soho. He then went into practice at Knightsbridge, holding the appointments of anaesthetist to the Golden Square Hospital, and of honorary medical officer to the Actors' Association. He took a temporary commission as lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. on August 19th, 1914, and was promoted to captain after a year's service. Most of his service was spent in France with his father's old corps, the Rifle Brigade. He received the Military Cross on June 23rd, 1915, for Neuve Chapelle; a bar for the battle of the Somme on December 21st, 1916; and the D.S.O. on September 26th, 1917, for the third battle of Ypres, where he was severely wounded; he went to the front again last January. His younger brother Lieutenant A. C. D. Maclean, R.E. was killed on April 9th. British Medical Journal 8 June 1918


First name(s)Ivan Clarkson
Family detailsSon of Maj. Gen. H. I. Maclean, and Frances Maclean (nee Clarkson)
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1901-1909
Dept / courseM.D. London
QualificationsM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., M.B. & B.S.Lond. 1906; M.D. Lond.1909
Military unitR.A.M.C. and Rifle Brigade, attd. 2nd Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsD.S.O.; M.C. and Bar
Citation(s)Bar to M.C.: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He tended and dressed the wounded continuously throughout the operations under very heavy fire, displaying great courage and determination. London Gazette 23 June, 1915.D.S.O.: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in clearing the wounded. He took his stretcher-bearers well in advance of our forward positions and behaved with the most exemplary courage and devotion throughout, sparing no effort to collect the wounded men. After his battalion was relieved he continued to work under the heaviest fire for another twenty-four hours, and was severely wounded on his way back after all the cases had been cleared. He set a splendid example of energy and devotion to duty.
Date of death4 April 1918
Age at death36
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathDied of Wounds
Burial placePremont British Cemetery, Aisne, France
Commemoration(s)Stone cross in St. James the Great, Cradley, Herefordshire churchyard; memorial plaque at St Thomas' Hospital, London
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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