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John Thomas McNulty was born in Newcastle, Northumberland circa 1885. He enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 22 March 1907, aged 22. By 1911 he had been promoted to Lance Serjeant and is shown on that years census as living at Fulwood barracks.

John arrived in France with the 1st Battalion on 12 August 1914. He was discharged due to his wounds on 06 July 1916 and issued silver war badge 193349.

John was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallant actions in France. He  was also awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

I had about 30 men under me when I started off, he says, and before we got across a turnip field more than half had been knocked over. We did not see a German then, but on looking over a crest we saw their trenches were only about 100 yards in front.

We wormed ourselves up undercover, made a dive, and we properly frightened them, and not a man of ours fell.

The Germans are no good at close quarters. We did not leave a man alive in the first row of trenches, and the second row no sooner saw this than they hoisted white flags and waved the butts of their rifles.

John Thomas McNulty citation for his DCM.

Unfortunately no further service records have survived.


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