Jackson McLean was the son of Jackson and Margaret McLean. He was born on 30th June 1879 in the Tobermore area. He was one of at least eight children. They lived in Mormeal, Tobermore. His father was a farmer. Jackson was a carpenter. Before emigrating to Canada, Jackson spent three years with the Duke of Connaught Rifles. Private Jackson McLean was serving with the 29th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action in France on 11th September 1916.
The Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted.