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Brothers-in-law, George McMullan and Patrick Johnson, at war
Both died in the War
The items associated with this story are a J. Hudson & Co. 1914 whistle belonging to my grandfather Patrick Johnson and a photograph of my great uncle George McMullan and four other soldiers messing in the army barracks.
George McMullan was my great uncle. He was born in 1887 and joined the Royal Inniskilling Hussars at the start of the war. He was encouraged to join the war because of his past history at home. He died at the age of 28 on April 21st 1915. The boat he was on sunk at Gallipoli where a war commemoration statue was built in Turkey to honour those who died. My grandfather Patrick Johnson was born in 1884 and had six children. He joined the war in 1914 and was assigned to the 36th Ulster Division. He joined the war because of his nationalist ideals and he fought in order to help Ireland secure Home Rule. He fought in the Battle of the Somme and also at Ypres. He also served in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Riffles. He died in the military hospital on August 6th 1917 at the age of 33. He is buried at Menim Road, South West Flanders.