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Thomas Mullaly

Rank: Private
Street: 49 Sydney Street
Town/Village: Bolton, Lancashire
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: England
Alternative Address: Blantyre, Lanark, Lanarkshire; Newtownforbes, Co. Longford; Great Water Street, Longford; Park Road, Longford; 19 Nile Street; 178 Castleton Road, Preston, Lancashire.
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Residing with his family at 40 Back Foundry Street, Bolton
Regiment/Unit: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment/ [South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion] / {Royal Garrison Regiment} / (Northumberland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion)
Regiment Number: 4503 / [8913]/ {3251} / (578)
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Thomas was born c.1865 in Blantyre, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Prior to enlisting with the military, he was working as a miner.

Thomas married Mary Ellen Cahill, of Great Water Street, on the 10 September 1892; he was residing in Newtownforbes at the time. They went on to have five children, although sadly two died in childhood. Their youngest child, James was born in Malta where Thomas was stationed in 1903. They had returned to Longford in 1905, when Thomas enlisted with the South Wales Borderers.

Pte Mullaly had a very long military career, first enlisting with the Northumberland Fusiliers at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1884, and served with a number of regiments at key conflicts including the Black Mountain Expedition/Hazara Expedition of 1888 for which he received the Indian Frontier Medal with the Hazara 1888 clasp. Thomas also served in the 2nd Boer War, where he was granted the Queens South Africa medals with State clasps for the Cape Colony and Transvaal. Thomas is recorded as joining the Royal Garrison Regiment in 1901. He renlisted at Preston in 1914 for employment with the regiment, rather than as a soldier due to his more advanced years and he spent part of the war in Govan, Glasgow.

His eldest surviving son, Pte Thomas Mullaly, was killed in action on the first day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), 31 July 1917 whilst serving with the Loyal North Lancashires. 

After the Great War, Thomas remained in Lancashire and later remarried Jane. He died in Preston in May 1945 at the age of 84 (approx).

Parents Names: Son of Thomas and Catherine Mullaly- late of Harbour Row, Longford. Husband of Mary Ellen Cahill, 19 Nile Street, Bolton.

Civil record of marriage

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