Background : Served as SPIKEN; true name HUGH McLEAN. Enlisted with date of birth 7/10/1902 and birthplace as Perth as part of his alias. His birth certificate proves he was born 07/10/1901 at Noorat, Victoria. Son of John and Mary Ann McLean, of Noorat, Victoria, Australia. Brother of Annie Bailey, of Noorat, Victoria.
Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience.
13/05/1941 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria.
17/05/1941 Granted leave without pay 17/05/1941 to 19/05/1941 inclusive.
20/05/1941 Rejoined unit from leave.
23/05/1941 Transferred from Recruit Reception Depot Royal Park, Victoria to Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
24/05/1941 Taken on strength Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
16/06/1941 Add next of kin as Anne Bailey.
23/06/1941 Transferred to Pioneer Wing Engineering Training Depot Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
08/07/1941 Posted to 3rd Reinforcements 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
03/09/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.T. G.G..
23/09/1941 Disembarked Middle East to Pioneer Training Battalion.
26/11/1941 Marched out from Pioneer Training Battalion to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion, Middle East.
27/11/1941 Taken on strength 2/2 Pioneer Battalion from Pioneer Training Battalion.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
01/12/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
04/11/1943 Reported prisoner of war.
13/12/1943 Reported interned in Thailand prisoner of war camp and transferred to Thailand camp.
22/12/1943 Reported interned in Thailand prisoner of war camp.
26/04/1945 Believed died of illness (Dysentery) whilst prisoner of war (Burma).
25/07/1945 Died of illness cause not stated whilst prisoner of war 12/09/1943.