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Kenneth Wetzlar McLea

In memory of:

Lieutenant Kenneth Wetzlar McLea

October 28, 1917

Military Service






Canadian Field Artillery


3rd Div. Ammunition Col.

Additional Information

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paton McLea, of Montreal.

Commemorated on Page 286 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

I. M. 9.


Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 is located 6.5 km west of Ieper town centre on the Branderstraat, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. 6 km along the N308, after passing the village of Vlamertinge and just beyond the church in the hamlet of Brandhoek, lies the left hand turning onto the Grote Branderstraat. The cemetery is located 300 metres along the Branderstraat on the left hand side of the road, beyond the N38 dual carriageway, which it is necessary to cross. Historical Information:
During the First World War, Brandhoek was within the area comparatively safe from shell fire which extended beyond Vlamertinghe Church. Field ambulances were posted there continuously and the Military Cemetery was opened early in May 1915 in a field adjoining the dressing station. It closed in July 1917 when the New Military Cemetery was opened nearby, to be followed by the New Military Cemetery No 3 in August 1917. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 contains 975 First World War burials. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Circumstances of Death– Circumstances of Death Card: "Died of Wounds"

On the morning of October 28 1917, he was in charge of a pack train of about 200 mules, loading ammunition at "B" Dump, Oxford Road. About 11.00 o'clock a number of Gotha bombing planes came over and bombed the dump and vicinity. Lieutenant McLea who was on the road near the dump was hit by one of the bombs, which shattered all the lower part of his body. He was carried to a dressing station, from there evacuated to No. 8 Canadian Field Ambulance, where he died shortly afterwards.
  • War Diary– War Diary of the 3rd Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column with entry pertaining to Lieutenant K.W. McLea.
  • Grave Marker– Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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