Albert Perry McLean, aged 23, is a casualty of war.
This news came to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. McLean, last Saturday, and ended a long silence which began when he was reported as missing after air operations last December 16. News that his remains had been identified, and that he now lies buried on Agostoli Island, off the west coast of Greece, was transmitted through the International Red Cross.
Sergeant Air Observer Albert Perry McLean was reported missing on his 23rd birthday. During his high school career here he attained some prominence as a student and in the realm of such extra-curricular activities as athletics and dramatics. In 1937 he won the senior athletic championship of the school and the I.O.D.E. medal. He was also interested in track work, and appeared at many of the field meets held in this district. For 5 years he was a contestant at the meet held at the St. Catharines Collegiate. He was also interested in dramatics and public speaking, and was a prize winner in the Lincoln County oratorical contests some time ago.
On leaving Grimsby High School, Perry went to Queen's University, Kingston where he soon became outstanding in athletic circles. He was winner of the welterweight boxing championship of the university, and was a member of the Queen's boxing team when it visited Yale University.
One year after entering Queen's, Perry left to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. He enlisted as a pilot, but at his own request transferred to an observer's course. Besides completing his studies as an observer, he took gunnery and bombing. He left for overseas in June of last year, and following a short period of advance study in Great Britain, he was transferred, first to Gibraltar and then to Malta.
It was during air operations out of Malta that Perry was reported missing. New of his failure to return to his base was received by his family on his 23rd birthday.
One brother, Murray, a student at Queen's University, also survives.