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  cap badgePrivate William Mullin

9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Service No: 17642

William Mullin grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of James and Alice Mullin. From the 1891 Census - Address - 63 Trafalgar Lane, Leith - James Mullin aged 44, Alice Mullin aged 43, James Mullin aged 20, Maryanne Mullin aged 18, Isabella Mullin aged 16, Hugh Mullin aged 9, William Mullin aged 5.

Born / Resided

Leith / 2 Kirk St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 06/07/1916 Somme




Tube Worker in the British Tube Works



Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 4 D), Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

William is listed as MULLAN on the Memorial. Also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos) and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Thiepval Memorial Panel List, his name on the Thiepval Memorial and the Cameronians Cap Badge.

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