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Dominic Mulgrew was born in Preston on the 24th February 1883 to Patrick and Maria Mulgrew (nee Conoughton). Patrick Mulgrew was originally from County Mayo and Maria was born in Roscommon. They married in St. Wilfred`s Roman Catholic Church in Preston on the 27th April 1872.  The couple went on to have eleven children including Dominic, sadly not all of them survived;

  • Thomas (1883)
  • Ann (1874-1880)
  • Ellen (1876)
  • Maria (1877-1878)
  • Sarah (1879-1890)
  • John (1880)
  • James (1881)
  • Dominic (1883)*
  • Annie (1884)
  • Norah (1885-1887)
  • Francis (1888-1889)

In 1878 Patrick and Maria Mulgrew took over the running of the Pack Horse public house on Green Street North in Preston which is where they stayed for the next nineteen years.  On the 5th February 1881 Dominic`s father appeared in court in Preston to answer a charge made against him of selling drink during prohibited hours and it was reported in the Lancashire Evening Post.

5th November 1881 – “Patrick Mulgrew, landlord of the Pack Horse Inn, Green Street North, was summoned for selling drink during prohibited hours, on Sunday, the 23rd ult., and Ellen McDonough, Patrick Gerraghty, John Harrison and Michael Corney were summoned for aiding and abetting. PC Howard deposed, that on Sunday night, 23rd ult. at about 10.30, he saw Ellen McDonough go to the side door of the Pack Horse Inn, Green Street North, with a quart jug. She knocked, and the landlord came, and he took the jug, and afterwards handed it back to her, when she paid some money. He then went up to her and found that she had some beer in her possession. He then went back to the house and found the three defendants, with a drink before them. He questioned them, and they stated that they belonged to a club that met at the house. The Bench considered the case proved and fined the landlord 10/- and costs, and the other defendants each 2s/6d and costs”.

Dominic and his family left the Pack Horse public house in 1897 and went to live at 4 Patten Street, his father now working as a bricklayer`s labourer. In May 1899 sixteen year old Dominic and his eighteen year old brother James found themselves in a spot of bother when both of them appeared before the Magistrates in Preston for an alleged assault, the Evening Post once again reporting the case;

May 1899 – ASSAULTS –“Thomas Carter, a labourer, complained that at 10 o`clock, on Friday night, two youths, named James and Dominic Mulgrew, followed him, and used a vulgar expression to him, and afterwards the pair of them met him. James Mulgrew said, “Come on, if you want to fight”. Complainant knocked him down, but when he saw there were two of them he “gave up” and he was then kicked on the nose – The Chairman – “There has been something between you before?” James Mulgrew said “Yes, his mother has a spite against our mother” – The case was dismissed”.

The following month on the 6th June 1899 Dominic enlisted into the Militia at Preston agreeing to serve a term of six years and he was issued with the service number 6296. He stated his age as 17 years and 1 month, he was in fact 16 years and 4 months old at the time. He was just five feet one and quarter inches tall and weighed 108lbs. He had a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. His only distinguishing feature was said to be a scar on the back of his head. Dominic served in the South African War and after returning completed his annual camps 1903-1905.

On the 3rd July 1905 he re-enlisted into the Reserve Division of the Militia at Preston, this time for a term of four years and was given the service number 380. By this time he had grown one inch taller, now standing at five feet two and a quarter inches. Dominic had also acquired two more distinguishing features in the form of tattoo`s, one being a woman and wreath on his upper right arm and the other hands across the sea on his left upper arm. After serving for three years he was granted a free discharge on the 25th July 1908.

In the Census of 1911 Dominic was living with his widowed mother Maria at 52 Walker Street in Preston. Also present in the household was his married sister Ann Lyden and her two children, John and Evelyn. Ann Lyden was a cotton rover working in the card room of one of the local mills and Dominic was employed as a ship breaker`s labourer.

Prior to the outbreak of war Dominic had been working in Horrockses, Crewdson & Co`s New Hall Lane Mill in Preston but when war was declared he left his job and enlisted into the Special Reserve. He was immediately despatched to Felixstowe where he then volunteered to serve abroad. Dominic sailed for France with a batch of reinforcements for the 1st Battalion on the 22nd September 1914.

On the 22nd October 1914 the 1st Battalion moved north to Boesinghe, near Ypres in readiness for their part in the First Battle of Ypres. On the same day they were then ordered to march to Pilkelm reaching there just before dawn on the following day. The order then came to attack the German trenches and as soon as it became light enough the Battalion moved forward to the attack.

“C” Company was on the right and “A” on the left advancing by sections under Major A.J. Carter. They advanced to within 300 yards of the trenches and then began to come under heavy shell fire. The order to fix bayonets was given; a bugle sounded the charge and amidst loud cheers the Battalion dashed forward. In less than ten minutes the Battalion had carried the trenches and cleared them of the enemy. They took 600 prisoners which would have been more had they not been hampered by our own artillery.

The Battalion was later relieved by a French Territorial Regiment and the 1st Battalion withdrew to Ypres, arriving there in the early morning of the 25th October.

In this action the Battalion had 2 Officers killed and another four wounded, while another 178 other ranks were killed, wounded or missing.

Initially, it was thought that Dominic had been killed in the action but it later transpired that he had been taken prisoner.

Dominic`s family, obviously relieved to hear that he was still alive duly informed the local paper.2872 Private Dominic Mulgrew 1st Battalion

The only information on Dominic`s whereabouts as a prisoner come from the Red Cross records which confirm that on the 6th March 1915 he was in Wittenburg POW camp. At some point he was repatriated back to England and on the 1st April 1919 he was discharged to Class Z.

After the war he was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals in recognition of his service for his country.

In the December quarter of 1919 Dominic married a widow Sarah E. Mullin (nee Foley) in Preston. Sarah`s first husband was 11946 Private Alfred Pickup Mullin, 6th Battalion LNL who was first reported missing at Gallipoli on the 9th August 1915 and later confirmed to have died on that date. Sarah and Alfred had married in 1911 and had three children.

Dominic and Sarah went on to have three daughters together. Sarah passed away in 1951 at the age of 63 and Dominic died in Preston in 1956 aged 73 years.

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5 Responses to 2872 PTE. D. MULGREW. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Helen Bell says:

    My grandmother,Ellen Lyden (nee Mulgrew),was Dominic’s sister.
    I found this article fascinating and the photograph an added bonus.

    • Maria Fisher. says:

      Thank you so much .my grandad was Dominic mulgrew.lve heard so much about him,but unfortunately didn’t meet him.this is the first time I’ve ever seen a photo.thank you.

    • Maria Fisher. says:

      Thank you so much .my grandad was Dominic mulgrew.lve heard so much about him,but unfortunately didn’t meet him.this is the first time I’ve ever seen a photo.thank you.

  2. Kathleen garnett says:

    My great uncle

  3. Janet ealand says:

    My great grandfather, my Nan was violet Mulgrew ( mullaniff) his daughter

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