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James Mulholland (1897-1917)

From Houghton-le-Spring, served in 1st/6th Battalion DLI, killed in action at Arras

James Mulholland, the son of Bernard & Catherine Mulholland, was born on 16 December 1897 in Houghton-le-Spring. He had three brothers, two sister and a half-sister and for some years lived in Houghton-le-Spring. In 1905 his father died and two years later his mother married John Armstrong and the family moved to Witton Gilbert, Durham.
In 1915, James Mulholland enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry at Houghton-le-Spring and served firstly in the 1st/8th, then the 1st/5th and finally the 1st/6th Battalion DLI. He arrived in France on 11 July 1915 and was killed during the Battle of Arras on 14 April 1917.
James Mulholland is commemorated on the Arras and Houghton-le-Spring Memorials and in the Durham Cathedral Book of Remembrance.

Civil Parish: Witton Gilbert

Birth date: 16-Dec-1897

Death date: 14-Apr-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 3 Pottery Yard, Houghton-le-Spring (1901 census)
The Fold, Quebec, Witton Gilbert (1911 census)

Family: Father: Bernard Mulholland
Mother: Catherine Mulholland (nee McCann, later Armstrong)
Siblings: Mary, George, Edward, Elizabeth & Bernard
Half-sister: Ann

Military service:

Served in 1st/8th Durham Light Infantry, Regimental number 6/3128
1st/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, Regimental number 17811
1st/6th Durham Light Infantry, Regimental numbers 6212 & 251079, Private

Medal(s): 1914-1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, Bay 8
Durham Cathedral Book of Remembrance
Houghton-le-Spring 1914-1918 Cenotaph in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard
St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Durham Road, Houghton-le-Spring 1914-1918 Plaque & 1914-1945 Memorial List

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Edwards