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Cecil Hume McClelland

Rank: Driver
Street: 1415 Robson Street
Town/Village: Vancouver, British Columbia
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Country: Canada
Alternative Address: Longford; Sligo Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon; 1334 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Census 1901: Resident at Sligo Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Census 1911: Resident at Sligo Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Regiment/Unit: Canadian Expeditionary Force, 68th Overseas Depot Field Battery/ [4th Division Ammunition Column, 3rd Sect)/ WW2 - US Army Quartermaster Corps
Regiment Number: 331774
Date of Death: 01-03-1952
Cause: Survived the WW1 & WW2, natural causes.

Cecil was born in Longford on 28 February 1892; his father Thomas* was serving in the Royal Irish Constabulary. By 1901, the family were living in at Belmont, Boyle Co. Roscommon, where Thomas was a District Inspector for the R.I.C.

Cecil moved to Canada in June 1911 to work as a bank clerk, initially living in Toronto before moving to Vancouver prior to WW1. 

Driver McClelland enlisted in Vancouver in April 1916, and transferred to the Witley Canadian Corps camp in England in September 1916 before being deployed to France on 22 August 1917. Cecil returned to Canada from service in 1919**.

Cecil moved to the United States in 1923 eventually settling in San Francisco, California and was working as a bookkeeper. During WW2, it would appear that Cecil was working for the US Army Quartermaster Corps at the Port of Oakland, near San Francisco***. 

Prior to his death, Cecil was employed by the US Department of Agriculture, likely as a bookkeeper. He died of natural causes, in March 1952 in Spokane, Washington, where his brother Thomas was resident. 

Parents Names: Son of Thomas Lucas McClelland, and Annie (née Mayston), 'Belmont', Sligo Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Notes: Cecil's father, Thomas, died in July of 1916*. **Cecil was initially deemed unsuitable for overseas service due to his very slight build resulting in a smaller chest measurement, and was recommended to take up gymnastics in order to build his chest. *** Cecil's death certificate states that he did not serve in the US Army, therefore he was likely working for the Quartermaster Corps in a civilian capacity.***Many thanks to Richard McClelland for the additional information and the photograph of Cecil and his extended family, dated 1951.

Link to Civil Record of birth; link to Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force (Army) file

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