No. 3176, 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916
Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France (Grave D. 102)
Half-Brother of Private James Mulholland (No. 3/7400)
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Walter Mulholland was born in Newtownards.
Walter Mulholland was born on 11 July 1894 in Newtownards Workhouse and he was a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Eliza) Mulholland (nee Quigley, sometimes Twigley) who were married on 19 March 1893 in Newtownards Roman Catholic Church. Robert Mulholland from Newtownards was a widower, a labourer and a son of John Mulholland, a deceased labourer. Elizabeth Quigley from Newtownards was a spinster, a domestic servant and a daughter of Patrick Quigley, a labourer.
Robert Mulholland had at least four children (two surviving) from his previous marriage to Isabella (Bella) McKinley:
Robert James (born 1 August 1885 in Darrah’s Lane, Newtownards)
William (born 20 January 1888 in Ford Street, Newtownards)
John (born 31 December 1890 in Mark Street, Newtownards; died of bronchitis 18 February 1891)
Mary Jane (born 15 October 1892 in Newtownards workhouse infirmary; died of infantile debility 30 October 1892)
Isabella Mulholland died on 16 October 1892 (aged 27) in Newtownards workhouse infirmary as the result of debility and exhaustion following childbirth.
Robert Mulholland worked as a railway labourer and he and Elizabeth had at least five children:
Walter (born 11 July 1894 in Newtownards Workhouse)
John (born 13 August 1897 in Tullynagardy, Newtownards)
Alexander (born 15 January 1900 at 36 Bright Street, Belfast)
Jane (born 26 August 1902 at 109 Saunders Street, Belfast)
Joseph Patrick (born 19 July 1904 at 106 Saunders Street, Belfast)
After they moved from Newtownards to Belfast, Robert and Elizabeth Mulholland (nee Quigley) lived in Bright Street, Saunders Street, Methuen Street and Dock Street.
Walter Mulholland enlisted in Belfast and he and Mary Dowie were married on 26 December 1914 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast. Walter Mulholland (aged 21) was a bachelor and a soldier; his address was 36 Dock Street, Belfast and he was a son of Robert Mulholland, a labourer. Mary Dowie (aged 20) was a spinster, her address was 24 Dock Street, Belfast and she was a daughter of Robert Dowie, a riveter.
Private Walter Mulholland (No. 3176) served with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 87th Brigade of the 29th Division and he went to Gallipoli on 12 August 1915. On 15 August 1915 Private Walter Mulholland wrote his will and in it he stated that, in the event of his death, he left everything that was due to him to his wife Mary. At that time Mary was living at 108 Saunders Street, Belfast.
In January 1916 Private Walter Mulholland was evacuated from Gallipoli and he was posted to France in March 1916.
Private Walter Mulholland (No. 3176) was 21 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he was buried in Y Ravine Cemetery, France.