Private Martin Shaw McMullan


Martin Shaw McMullan was born on 10 February 1898 at 17 Manor Street, Belfast, the fifth of nine children of warehouseman James McMullan and his wife Margaret (née Wasson). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 146 Cliftonpark Avenue, Belfast, with his parents and eight siblings.

McMullan enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 20 and 23 November 1916 (No.2311 – later Corps of Hussars No.71750). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

McMullan remained with the regiment throughout the war. He was wounded in August or early September 1918 during the Advance to Victory offensive.

On 9 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.


McMullan's older brother John also served in the war, in the 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.