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The Soldier Sons of James McMULLIN

James McMULLIN [837] was the second child of Henry McMullin who had been a career soldier. James attested as a volunteer in 3rd Surrey Militia No. 10238 on 10 March 1873 at Kingston upon Thames. Age 14 yrs height 4ft 10ins Occupation Labourer. He joined the staff of 3rd Surrey Militia as Boy in Kingston upon Thames Barracks 27 Jan 1874 with 1/- a day pay (64 days to 31 Mar = £3.3.0). He was on the list of trumpeters, bugler & drummers pay roll from 10 Mar-31 Mar 1875 getting 1/3 per day. He then attested at the age of 16 on 10 March 1875. (from W013/2112.)

Of James and Harriet’s five sons, four (shown below) served in the army during WW1, the other Frederick Thomas McMULLIN was in a reserved occupation on the railway with the GWR.

Photo in “Berkshire and the War” published by The Reading Standard.

Henry James McMULLIN [853]

Born 22 Jan 1885
Died 1963 aged 75

Pte 8502 A Comp
2nd Batt East Surrey Rgt.

Wounded in shoulder at the battle of the Somme and
treated at the London War Hospital G Ward. Epsom Surrey.

From Medal Card index WO 372/13
East Surrey Regiment 8502 Private
Labour Corps 606506 Private
He was awarded the Victory, British and 1915 Star medals.

Edward McMULLIN [854]

Born 10 May 1887
Died 22 May 1918 of wounds at the 47 Casualty Clearing Station
Buried Crouy British Cemetery (France) Plot 2 Row C grave 10

He was attested in Oxford on 26 June 1911 but discharged from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley on 28 November 1911 being medically unfit for further service. On discharge it was noted that he had an old injury to his right eye.

He was attested in Houslow 6 September 1914 for the Royal Fusiliers but didn't declare his previous service.  He served 46 days before being discharged in Dover as 'Not being likely to become an efficient soldier' because he was 'practically blind in right eye'.

He enlisted in Southall, was in the East Surrey Regt. and the 6th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.) before being transferred to 114th Battalion Labour Corps. He was awarded the Victory and British medals

From Medal Card index WO 372/13
Pte 67969  Labour Corps
Pte G/41175  The Queens Regt
He was awarded the Victory and British medals.


Willie McMULLIN [856]

Born 24 July 1894
Died May 1989 aged 94

He was attested in Wantage and served with the 9th Bn of  the East Surrey Regiment for 267 days before his battalion joined the British Expeditionary Force in France. He had a gun shot wound right thigh and was gassed. After 36days in France he was returned to England and served in the regiment’s Depot for a further 242days before being discharged being no longer physically fit for war service. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1915 star and also awarded the Silver War Badge because he was invalided out of the army.

From Medal Card index WO 372/13
Pte 6540 East Surrey Regt
He was awarded the Victory, British and 1915 Star medals.

Photo in “Berkshire and the War” published by The Reading Standard.


Albert Victor McMULLIN [857]

Born 12 September 1896
Died 15 July 1990 aged 93

Albert attested at Wantage on 27 Nov 1915 as a private in the army reserve and was called up on 21 March 1916 to the 3 / 4 Royal Berkshires. He embarked on 11 July 1916 and disembarked on 20 July 1916 at Rouen, Normandy in France with the British Expeditionary Force. He was in hospital on 28 Aug 1916 and returned to England with gun shot wound to knee on 2 September. According to family tradition he was wounded at the battle of the Somme and returned home on same ship as Henry James. He had a bullet lodged behind his knee but his father refused permission for his leg to be amputated.

He was transferred to the Labourer Corps at Cambois on 21 July 1917.

He transferred to 15/18 RE at Bordon on 5 January 1918 was posted as Pioneer to Railway Transport Establishment, embarked on 9 Feb and on the 15th  he joined the 82nd Battalion BEF from England. On his demobilisation on 20 Oct 1919 he was transferred to Army Reserve Class Z. As a result of a gun shot wound he was assessed as  having 20% disability and awarded 8s per week to be paid from 9 Sep 1921 until 24 Oct 1922. Albert was awarded Victory and British medals.

From Medal Card index WO 372/13
Pte 5800 Royal Berkshire Regiment
Pte 201996 Labour Corps
Pte 348641 Royal Engineers
Pte WR/279495 Royal Engineers

News has been received …

Reports about casualties seemed to always start with the phrase ‘News has been received ...’.  The following, all from the Reading Mercury, relate to the brothers.

Published: 9 October 1915
News has been received that Pte. W. McMullin, of the East Surrey Regiment, has been gassed, and Pte. H. McMullin, of the same regiment, has been wounded in the arm. The men, who are brothers, and sons of Mr. McMullin, of Alfred Street, Wantage, are well known in the town, and were wounded recent severe fighting in France. Pte. H. McMullin is now in hospital in Epsom, and his brother in hospital in France. They are progressing favourably.

Published: 6 April 1918
News has been received of casualties to several local men.  …  Private McMullen, of Alfred Street, Wantage, is wounded in the neck;
This was probably Albert.

Published: 1 June 1918
News has also been received that Pte. Edward Mc Mullin, East Surrey Regiment, has been killed by a shell in France. He was one of the five soldier sons of Mr. and Mrs. McMullin, of Alfred Street, Wantage, and joined up at the commencement of the war.

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