Donald Francis McClean

DL McClean is identified in Cairo Gang photo, & Cairo Gang and him in Football photo & in Armoured Car photo

Brother of Cornelius G McClean

1891 Feb 20. Born Arlington, New Jersey USA

1894 Jul 18. Aged 3. Arrives back in Liverpool from Boston on S S Catalonia with father C W McClean (b. circa 1848) No mother on manifest. Father is a plasterer.2nd Class.

1901 census Living with grandparents at 5 Martinez Avenue, Pottinger, Down

1901 census mcclean

1911 census. Living with uncle at Ballyhenry, Carnmoney, Antrim

mcclean 1911 census

1916 Mar 9. Enlists and gives address as Mossleigh, Dundonald, Co Down

1917 May 5. To Officer Cadet battalion

1917 Aug 28 Commissioned

1917 Oct 20. Landed in France

1919 Sep 3. Royal Irish Fus. Temp. Lt. D. F. McClean, from 13th Transport Workers Battalion., Bedf. & Herts. R., to be temp. Lt. The 12th and 13th (Transport Workers) Battalions were raised in 1916/1917

1920 Mar 4. Royal Irish Fus. Temp. Lt. D. F. McClean relinquishes his commission on completion of service,and retains the rank of Lt.

1920 Sep 17 Joined ADRIC with service no 588. Posted to F Coy

One identification by the IRA has him a Clancey's murderer

On the night of 20/21 November 1920 Conor Clune, Paeder Clancy, and Dick McKee, the latter two leading lights in the Dublin IRA, the former a luckless Gaelic League member who were all captured in Dublin the night before Bloody Sunday in which Hardy and King were just two of the targets of Michael Collins operation. Clune was caught at Vaughn's Hotel in Parnell Square, Dublin and the two IRA leaders at Lower Gloucester St. complete with British army officer uniforms and detonators. Sometime between then and the next day, in the Dublin Castle guard room, as news no doubt filtered in of the deaths of several British intelligence officers, the prisoners were killed in questionable circumstances. According to an official report from Dublin Castle, they attempted to grab rifles and hurl unfuzed grenades and were killed in that action. The guards of 'F' Company in the room at the time were cleared of wrongdoing by a court inquiry. Reynolds of 'F' Company is said to have passed details of the killers to Michael Collins. The Times noted that it seemed as if the prisoners had been lined up and shot.

His grandson sent me a little song that came down from his grandfather

“RIC Auxiliary, Always tight, no L.S.D.

High tiddle um tum, glory be to mighty

Glorious, victorious

One bottle of Bass between the four of us

Always tight, no L.S.D.

High tiddle um  tum glory be to mighty”

1921 Jan 20 A/CQM

1921 Feb 2. CQM.

1921 Feb 3. Sarah Fitzgpatrick died. He was involved in this death and gave evidence at the inquiry

1922 Feb 4, Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1926 Mar 28 Arrives in St John, New Brunswick Canada on "SS Montrose" from Belfast. Born in Arlington, Va. Detained under Section 3 sub section j. Appealed 31 Mar and released 10 Apr 1926.

1927 Jul 4. Married Maude F Riordan in New Mexico.

1934-1936 on London Electoral rolls

1942 Living in Ohio

1957 Jun 17 . Died Sacramento, California