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Patrick Mullen

Rank: Driver
Street: 39 St. Michael's Road
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident on St. Michael's Road
Census 1911: Resident on St. Michael's Road
Regiment/Unit: Royal Army Service Corps
Regiment Number: T4/088713
Date of Death: 27-07-1918
Cause: Died of illness.
Memorial: Ballymacormack Cemetery, Longford

Patrick was born Patrick Mullin on the 5 April 1897 in Ballyminion, Longford town. He was one of 6 children including: Elizabeth, Margaret and Theresa. Prior to the war he worked as a shop assistant, and prior to joining the A.S.C. was a groom at a Remount Depot.

Patrick initially joined the Royal Irish Regiment in Longford with his friend, Louis Farrell (died 17 April 1918), but enlisted with the A.S.C. at Blackheath on 10 January 1916. He served on the Home Front for most of 1916 before being briefly sent to France in November 1916 and onwards to Salonika where he served a full year, returning in December 1917. Patrick was discharged on 1 March 1918 at Woolwich Dockyard, due to Potts caries** or a form of spinal tuberculosis, and meningitis. He was issued with a Silver War Badge around the time of his discharge. 

Patrick died on 27 July 1918 in the Royal City of Dublin Hospital on Baggot Street. His funeral was held in St. Mel's Cathedral on Wednesday 31 July and he was interred in Ballymacormack Cemetery.

Parents Names: Son of (the late) James Mullen and Mary/ Maria (née Duffy), 39 St. Michael's Road, Longford.
Notes: c.January 1897* was noted as being 19 on his death record. **Ironically, Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the catalyst for WW1 also died of the disease in April 1918.

Likely Civil Record of BirthLink to Civil Record of death; Notice of death, Longford Leader, 3 Aug 1918, Another Young Hero Gone; 

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