15 December 1944
His many friends, especially the young lads who frequented the YMCA in the early years of the war, will regret to learn that John Neil Maclean, aged 22, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Neil Maclean, 20 North Beach Street, has been reported "missing, believed killed in action". He was serving with the Gordon Highlanders in Italy. John Neil worked for a time as a driver with his father, but early in the war he took a job in an aircraft factory where he worked until he was called up not quite two years ago. He had been in Italy since the spring of this year. Sympathy is felt for his father and mother and his two young brothers, Peter and Lachlan.
23 February 1945
John Neil Maclean, son of Mr and Mrs Neil Maclean, 20 South Beach Street, was reported "missing, believed killed in action ", last November. He was serving with the Gordons in Italy.