Charles Wesley Weldon McLean

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Charles Wesley Weldon McLean
Born August 1882
Saint John, New Brunswick
Died 5 September 1962
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Colonel
Commands held 52 Brigade Royal Horse Artillery
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Order & Two Bars
Relations Hugh Havelock McLean (father)
Other work Member of Parliament

Colonel Charles Wesley Weldon McLean DSO & Two Bars (August 1882 – 5 September 1962)[1] was a Canadian soldier and politician.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1882. His father, Brigadier General Hugh Havelock McLean, was a lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Canada from 1928 to 1933. He was educated at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario from 1897 to 1899.


He began his military career in the Boer War, South Africa from 1899 to 1901. During World War I, Major McLean commanded the 52 Brigade Royal Horse Artillery, 9th Scottish Division, Imperial Army. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1915, a bar in 1917 "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has commanded his battery with great skill and courage. He has observed fire and commanded the battery from an observation post under heavy fire with great coolness and accuracy." and a second bar in the same gazette.[2]

He remained in England after the War. Standing as a Coalition Conservative, he was elected at the 1918 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Brigg division of Lincolnshire,[3] but did not stand again at the 1922 general election.[4]

Correspondence related to his service in artillery and as MP are in the Imperial War Museum, Department of Documents. He died in 1962.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "No. 30188". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 July 1917. p. 7210. 
  3. ^ "No. 31147". The London Gazette. 28 January 1919. p. 1360. 
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 417. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 


  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC – A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876–1918. Volume II: 1919–1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir (William) Albert Gelder
Member of Parliament for Brigg
Succeeded by
Sir Berkeley Sheffield, Bt