Mullan, Alexander (No. 18521)

Mullan, Alexander Fisher (Alexander)

Rifleman

No. 18521, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 20)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Comber and District War Memorial

Comber Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mary’s)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Mullen.

Alexander Fisher Mullan was born on 30 March 1896 in Mill Street, Comber and he was a son of James and Lizzie Mullan (nee Fisher) who were married on 6 October 1887 in Comber Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mary’s).  James Mullan from Comber was a son of Charles Mullan, a labourer.  Lizzie Fisher from Comber was a daughter of George Fisher, a labourer.

The Mullan family lived in Mill Street, Comber.

James Mullan worked as a railway plate layer and he and Lizzie had at least seven children:

Sarah (born 1 August 1888 in McConnell’s Row, Comber)

Jane Shannon (born 13 March 1890 in McConnell’s Row, Comber)

George (born 17 April 1892)

Charles (born 31 January 1895 in Mill Street, Comber)

Alexander Fisher (born 30 March 1896 in Mill Street, Comber)

Agnes Patterson (born 3 September 1898 in Mill Street, Comber)

Mary Larmour Fisher (Minnie, born 13 October 1901 in Mill Street, Comber)

Alexander Mullan worked as a doffer before he enlisted in Comber (a doffer in a mill replaced full bobbins with empty ones).

Rifleman Alexander Mullan (No. 18521) served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 20 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  At that time the Mullan family lived in Castle Street, Comber.

Rifleman Alexander Mullan (No. 18521) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Comber and District War Memorial and in Comber Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mary’s).