McMullan, Thomas (No. 19/340)

McMullan, Thomas


No. 19/340, 15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday 18 August 1918 (aged 25)


Arneke British Cemetery, France (Grave III. E. 4)      


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Thomas McMullan was born in Killinchy.

In some records his surname is spelt McMullin and in others McMullen.

Thomas McMullan was born on 22 December 1892 in Clay, Killyleagh and he was a son of Thomas and Sarah McMullan (nee Jamison, sometimes Jameson, sometimes Jamieson) who were married on 16 October 1883 in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.  Thomas McMullan from Raffrey was a son of David McMullan, a labourer.  Sarah Jamison (aged 18) from Saintfield was a daughter of David Jamison, a labourer.

The McMullan family lived in the townland of Clay, Derryboye, Killyleagh and later in the townland of Ballynacraig, Inch

Thomas McMullan Senior worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Sarah had ten children:

Jane (born 13 November 1884 in Tullyveery, Killyleagh)

Sarah (born 14 March 1886 in Tullyveery, Killyleagh)

Mary (born 5 October 1887 in Ballygigan, Killyleagh)

David (born 16 September 1889 in Ballycreely, Ballygowan)

Catherine (born 9 June 1891 in Clay, Killyleagh)

Thomas (born 22 December 1892 in Clay, Killyleagh)

Robert (born 2 September 1895 in Corporation, Killyleagh)

Alexander (Alex, born 19 December 1897 in Clay, Killyleagh)

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 19 September 1899 in Clay, Killyleagh)

Annie (born 11 March 1902 in Clay, Killyleagh)

In 1911 Thomas McMullan Junior was working as a farm servant for Samuel McCormick who farmed in the townland of Rathcunningham, Killyleagh.

On 23 October 1913 Thomas McMullan and Letitia Breen were married in Inch Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Thomas McMullan (aged 21) from Cluntagh was a son of Thomas McMullan, a farm servant.  Letitia Breen (aged 22) from Inch was a daughter of David Breen, a blacksmith.

Thomas and Letitia McMullan (nee Breen) lived at Pikestone, Downpatrick and they had at least one child:

Herbert (born 24 January 1914)

Thomas McMullan enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman Thomas McMullan (No. 19/340) was 25 when he was killed on 18 August 1918 during the Allied offensive against all sections of the German line and he was buried in Arneke British Cemetery, France.