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David Mulholland was born in Liverpool in about 1889. He enlisted in Preston pre-war and, when he was killed he only had seven months to run until his service commitment was completed and he could transfer to the Reserve.

David had recently married Mary Hilda Mulholland and they lived at 93, Lodge Street, Preston. After his death, Mary remarried, Colley, and lived at 9 Marchant Street, Preston.

Private Mulholland had sailed to France with the 1st Battalion as part of the Expeditionary Force on 12th August 1914. He was killed at Troyon less than two months later, 7th October 1914.

It is likely that David was killed when a shell exploded in the trenches. Several other men and two officers were also killed.

7th October 1914

Major Burrows, Allason, Allen, Calrow, Reid (who only joined that day), and myself were all sitting in the mess talking when a shell burst just at the door. Allason and Calrow were killed. Reid was wounded and also Major Burrows. [Source: Diary of a Second Lieutenant]. The other ranks 1st Battalion casualties on this day; Lance Serjeant Benjamin Bettles, Private John Sumner, and Lance Corporal Charles Albert Cornish.


David is remembered on the La Ferte-sous-jouarre memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 9410
Date of Death: 07/10/1914
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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