Mohan, Henry Deacon

Mohan, Henry Deacon (Harry)

Captain

10th Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Killed in action on Tuesday 11 April 1916 (aged 27)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Basra Memorial, Iraq (Panel 7)

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance

BIOGRAPHY

Henry Deacon Mohan was born on 2 January 1889 at 25 Haywood Avenue, Ballynafeigh, Belfast and he was a son of George and Isabella Mohan (nee Hempton, sometimes Hampton) who were married on 23 September 1884 in Trinity Church of Ireland Belfast.  George Mohan from Newtownards was a son of James Mohan, a scripture reader.  Isabella Hempton from Belfast was a daughter of Edward Hempton, a farmer.

The Mohan family lived in Pound Street, Newtownards before they moved to Belfast.  They lived at 6 Ashley Avenue, Belfast and later at 86 Cromwell Road, Belfast.

George Mohan was a manager in a hemstitching factory and he and Isabella had at least eight children:

Margaret Louisa (Maggie, born 20 August 1885 in Church Street, Newtownards)

Mary Georgina (born 14 April 1886 at 54 Cooke Street, Belfast)

Jane (born 9 October 1887 at 25 Haywood Avenue, Ballynafeigh, Belfast)

Henry Deacon (born 2 January 1889 at 25 Haywood Avenue, Ballynafeigh, Belfast)

Albert Edward (born 12 February 1892 in Pound Street, Newtownards; died 23 August 1948)

George (born 20 January 1893 in Pound Street, Newtownards; died of tuberculosis 10 August 1893 in Victoria Avenue, Newtownards)

Samuel (born 2.00 pm 20 January 1893 in Pound Street, Newtownards; died of debility 23 January 1893 in Pound Street, Newtownards)

George (born 10 November 1894 in Victoria Avenue, Newtownards)

In civilian life Henry Deacon Mohan worked as a departmental manager in a linen warehouse.  He was a member of the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) during 1914/1915

Commissioned Second Lieutenant on 10 February 1915 (London Gazette 12 February 1915), Captain Henry Deacon Mohan served with the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) and he was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 11 April 1916.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery where the date of his death is inscribed as 9 April 1916:

In loving memory of

George and Isabella Mohan,

and of their sons

Captain Henry D. Mohan, The King’s Own.

Killed in action at Mesopotamia, 9th April 1916.

And

Albert Edward Mohan,

Died 23rd August 1948

Captain Mohan is also commemorated on the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial and in the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance (Page 41).