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Patrick Mullane
Birth: Oct., 1858, India
Death: Nov. 20, 1919
Greater London, England

Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Ahmednugger, Deccan, India, he was a ‘Soldier of the Queen' in the days of the British Empire. He won his award, when a sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery, in the Battle of Maiwand during the second Anglo-Afghan War-a battle which has been described as the most serious defeat of the British Army whilst based in India. It was a product of what used to be called The Great Game- a squabble with Russia in which all forms of political skullduggery were employed to maintain influence over the Afghans and the troublesome tribes of the North West Frontier of India. Another VC was won that day, also by a soldier in the Royal Horse Artillery, James Collis. Mullane later achieved the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major. His Victoria Cross was sold at auction by his family, whilst he was abroad, believed dead, in 1904. On his return, the medal was restored to him and is not now publicly held. The citation, published in the London Gazette on 16th May 1881, reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous bravery during the action at Maiwand, on the 27th July, 1880, in endeavoring to save the life of Driver Pickwell Istead. This Non-Commissioned Officer, when the battery to which he belonged, was on the point of retiring, and the enemy were within ten or fifteen yards, unhesitatingly ran back about two yards and picking up Driver Istead, and placed him on the limber, where, unfortunately, he died almost immediately. Again, during the retreat, Sergeant Mullane volunteered to procure water for the wounded, and succeeded in doing so by going into one of the villages in which so many men lost their lives.' In addition to the Victoria Cross, he earned the following decorations: Afghanistan Medal (1878-80), 1 clasp: "Kandahar" Meritorious Service Medal, Army Long Service & Good Conduct. He died in Plaistow, East London, and was buried in a common grave. The precise location of his remains are known, but markers on common grave at this particular cemetery are not permitted. He is however commemorated on a brass plaque in the cemetery chapel. (bio by: geoffrey gillon) 
 
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St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery
Leytonstone
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Greater London, England
Plot: Common Ground-therefore no marker
 
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