Pre WW1 Medal Groups
Boer War/WW1 Medal Group, Royal Irish Fusiliers - Named To McMullin
A Boer War and WW1 medal group awarded to 5748 (later 1281), Private (later Sergeant) John Edward McMullin who served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (later the 8th (Irish) Battalion the King’s Liverpool Regiment).
The Details of his awards are as follows:
Queens South Africa Medal (with TRANSVAAL, ORANGE FREE STATE, TALANA clasps) named to 5748 PTE J. E. MCMULLAN, RL. IRISH. FUS:
These are confirmed on the Queens South Africa Medal Roll, which will be supplied with this listing but can also be viewed by clicking on here (if you have access to Ancestry).
Kings South Africa Medal (with SOUTH AFRICA 1901 &1902 clasps) named to PTE J. MCMULLEN, RL. IRISH. FUS:
These are confirmed on the King’s South Africa Medal Roll which will be supplied with this listing but can also be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to Ancestry). NOTE: On both rolls he is named as Mc Mullen.
1914-15 Star named to 1281. SJT. J. E. MC MULLIN, L,POOL R.
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 1281. SJT. J. E. MC MULLIN, L,POOL R.
NOTE: On his service papers he is noted as Mc Mullen (on the document heading) in his signature he writes Mc Mullin, and his MIC also states Mc Mullin. It should be noted that the spelling of Serjeant is correct for the time.
The medals are swing mounted with replacement ribbons.
McMullin was born in 1878, and enlisted into the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers on or about 1898 (noted from a reference on his WW1 Service Papers). The history of the regiment can be viewed by clicking on here.
During the 2nd Boer War campaign, they took part in the Battle of Talana Hill, (details of which can be viewed by clicking on here), as well as the relief of Ladysmith. A very detailed account of the actions and activity of the battalion in South Africa at this time can be viewed by clicking on here.
In his service papers, it is noted that he served ‘7 years’ with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, meaning that he left the service around 1905-6. Now a civilian he was living with his wife at 87 Upper Frederick Street, Liverpool and was working as a Labourer, when on the 19th March 1911, he signed up for 4 years with the 8th (Irish) Battalion the King’s Liverpool Regiment.
A paper copy of his service papers are included with this listing but they can also be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to ‘find my past’), these note that he was promoted to Corporal on the 6th September 1912.
At the outset of WW1, the 1/8th (Irish) Battalion was barracked at Shaw St, Liverpool, being part of the Liverpool Brigade, West Lancashire Division.
In February 1915, the regiment transferred to the North Lancashire Brigade and in April 1915 they transferred with the Brigade to the Highland Division; the Brigade being retitled as the 3rd Highland Brigade. On the 3rd May 1915, the Brigade landed at Boulogne, France.
McMullin’s Medal Index Card (a paper copy of which is supplied with this listing) which can also be viewed by clicking on here (if you have access to Ancestry), notes that he entered France on the 2nd May 1915 - his service papers also reference that he entered France on the 2nd May 1915 (Rouen).
That same month, they were re-designated the 154th Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division. In January 1916 the regiment transferred to the 165th Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division. In March1916 McMullin was promoted to Sergeant.
McMullin was released from his unit in France on the 13th March 1916 and he returned to England, his service papers note the reason as being ‘Termination Of Engagement’ - his 4 year service was completed - and he was subsequently discharged from the service on the 4th April 1916.
A history of the regiment can be viewed by clicking on here, actions and activities associated with the 51st Highland Division and the 55th (West Lancashire) Division can be viewed by clicking on here and by clicking on here.
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