Mullan, David Swan (No. 16855)

Mullan, David Swan (David)

Rifleman

No. 16855, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 29)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

Brother of Private Hugh Mullan (No. 30255)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt McMullan, in others Mullin and in others Mullen.

David Swan Mullan was born on 6 April 1887 in Movilla Street, Newtownards, baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards and he was a son of William and Mary Anne Mullan (nee McDowell) who were married on 23 October 1875 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  William Mullan from Tullynagardy was a son of Hugh Mullan, a labourer.  Mary Anne McDowell from Mill Street, Newtownards was a daughter of Robert McDowell, a weaver.

The Mullan family lived in Movilla Street, Newtownards.

William Mullan worked as a general labourer and he and Mary had at least six children:

Unnamed male (born 10 May 1879 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

John McDowell (born 17 October 1880 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

Hugh (born 24 September 1883 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

William (born 18 July 1885 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

David Swan (born 6 April 1887 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

Margaret Jane (Maggie, born 24 July 1889 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

David Swan Mullan worked as a general labourer before he enlisted in Belfast.

Rifleman David Swan Mullan (No. 16855) served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 29 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Rifleman David Swan Mullan (No. 16855) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the PCI Roll of Honour for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.