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 Patrick Mullane

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Patrick Mullane

  • Birth Oct 1858 India
  • Death 20 Nov 1919 Greater London, England
  • Burial Leytonstone, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London, England
  • Plot Common Ground-therefore no marker
  • Memorial ID 47851875

2nd Anglo-Afghan War Victoria Cross Recipient. He was gazetted for the award on May 17, 1881 for his actions as a sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery, British Army, at the Battle of Maiwand in Afghanistan on July 27, 1880 during the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War. Born in Ahmednuggar (now Ahmednagar, Deccan, India to Irish parents, nothing is known of his early life or when he joined the British Army. After enlisting, he was sent with his unit to India and soon was part of the British forces that invaded present-day Afghanistan for the second time to crush an uprising against the British who controlled the country. He took part in the Battle of Maiwand for which he won the Victoria Cross for his gallantry. Following the war, he remained in the British Army and rose to the rank of regimental sergeant-major. In 1904 his Victoria Cross was sold at auction by his family, while he was abroad and presumed dead. However, he returned home and his medal was restored to him. He died in Plaistow, Greater London, England at the age of 61. In addition to the Victoria Cross, he also received the Afghanistan Medal (1878-1880, with Kandahar clasp) and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He died around the age of 61. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "For conspicuous bravery during the action at Maiwand, on the 27th July, 1880, in endeavouring 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, 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." His Victoria Cross is privately held.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: geoffrey gillon
  • Added: 9 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47851875
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patrick Mullane (Oct 1858–20 Nov 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47851875, citing St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Leytonstone, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .