Private James Mulgrew


James Mulgrew was born on 21 September 1896 at 4 Fox Row, Belfast, the seventh of eight children of butcher James Mulgrew and his wife Annie (née Robinson). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 92 Beverley Street, Belfast, with his widowed mother and four of his siblings. The family later moved to 68 Dundee Street, then 56 Westmoreland Street.

On 24 December 1916 James, who was then working as a labourer, married Minnie Murray in St Anne's Church of Ireland Parish Church, Belfast.

Mulgrew enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 3 and 11 October 1918 (Corps of Hussars number 72182). He trained at the regiment's reserve camp at Antrim until demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, in 1919 (17 March in one record, 17 October in another).


Two of Mulgrew's brothers also served in the war, both in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Frank, wounded and captured on 8 September 1914, was repatriated in the latter months of 1918. John was killed in action at the first battle of Neuve Chapelle on 27 October 1914.


Frank Mulgrew, newspaper image from July 1918


John Mulgrew, Belfast Weekly Telegraph, 12 February 1916


Northern Whig, 5 February 1916


Images of Frank and John Mulgrew kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster.


This page last updated 17 December 2022.