We make no apologies for including
Corporal Noel Wilson Mullins
in this tribute to the Brimington men
Although he is a Staveley lad and remembered on their memorial; he was my uncle- my father’s eldest brother -and it was he who inspired my lifelong devotion and gratitude to the sacrifices young British men made in the two terrible world wars of the twentieth century.
Below Left War Office notification of Wilsons death Below Right Message of sympathy from The King
DETAILS OF WILSONS DEATH...
...Taken from the Derbyshire Times April 1917
.....Another Staveley lad who has been killed in action is Corp Wilson Mullins of the Scottish Rifles. Writing to the deceases mother who resides in Pipe Lane, Staveley one of his pals Pte E Dronfield says - "it is with deep regret and sorrow that I have to write these lines telling you that Wilson was killed on April 26th. We had advanced and were digging ourselves in when Wilson was sent out on patrol and he was last seen with his revolver in his hand and he was killed by machine gun fire, I think. It is very hard as he was doing so well and he had just been made full Corporal. He was very well liked by all the Section " Corp Mullins who was only 19 years of age last Christmas, joined the forces in July 1915 and went out to France in November the same year. He had been previously wounded in August 1916 and returned to the lines since he celebrated his 19th birthday.
Before the war he was engaged at the Ireland Colliery, Staveley. Deceased was the eldest boy in the family, his mother being a widow with nine children, six boys and three girls.
Corp Noel Wilson Mullins - Wreath laid under his name on the Arras Memorial
Update (June 2018)
We’ve recently uncovered more information about Private Wilson Mullins war - this time at the battle of the Somme in summer 1916.
By August his battalion was in the front line near the small village of Martinpuich (an area we know very well)
where they endured constant sniper and heavy shelling for many days – and on August 13th Wilson received a gunshot wound to his lower jaw. He was taken to the casualty clearing station at Vecquemont for initial medical treatment and
assessment- then later that day he was transferred by train to a base hospital in Rouen for further care.
Below - Casualty Clearing Station near the Somme in July 1916
After a short rest for recuperation, Wilson returned to the line where he stayed until the battle of the Somme finally ended in November 1916. By then he had endured some of the worse and most savage fighting in that sector.
Corporal Wilson Mullins - Medical Admissions Entry ( No 53) -courtesy of IWM
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