Mulligan, Francis Xavier (Francis)
No. 5256357, 179 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Killed in action on Monday 30 April 1945 (aged 30)
Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany (Grave 7. J. 7)
Bessbrook War Memorial, Co. Armagh
Ramsey grave headstone in Redburn Cemetery, Holywood
Lance Bombardier Francis Xavier Mulligan (No. 5256357) is commemorated on the Ramsey grave headstone in Redburn Cemetery, Holywood:
In loving memory of
A loving and much loved wife
Mother and grandmother
Died 7 March 2010
Francis Xavier (brother of Moira) 1945 (Germany)
Tatiana (infant granddaughter) 2002 (Chile)
Gone to God
Francis Xavier Mulligan was born in England and he was a son of Peter and Kathleen Mulligan who had at least four children – Francis Xavier, Patrick, Moira, and Ann.
During the Second World War Lance Bombardier Francis Xavier Mulligan (No. 5256357) served with the Royal Artillery and his marriage to Ena Maria Springate-Dakens was registered in the second quarter of 1941 in Brentford, Middlesex. Their family home was in Seaford, Sussex and Francis was 30 when he was killed in action on 30 April 1945 during the Allied advance through Germany. He was buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
DEEP IN OUR HEARTS
HIS MEMORY IS KEPT
WE LOVE HIM TOO MUCH
TO EVER FORGET
Francis Mulligan’s sister Moira married Cathal Ramsey and they had five children – Paul, Peter, Colette, John and Michael. They lived in Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast.
Lance Bombardier Francis Xavier Mulligan (No. 5256357) is commemorated on Bessbrook War Memorial, Co. Armagh.