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Name: Arthur MULLEN
Casualty No.: Ranks: Driver Initials: A Service No.: T/229445
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 37
Unit: Royal Army Service Corps.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: Greenfield Place, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Insurance Agent for a local company and former miner at Addison Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Monday 7th February 1944
Place of Death: Burma
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Mullen Plaque, 1944. Masonic Hall, Blackhouse Lane, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. 2 Vases, Methodist Church, Lane Head, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Two Mullen silver cups, presented for solo classical singing at the Ryton Music Festival.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma).
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Africa Star. Burma Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Hexham Courant, 25th March 1944.
Family Details:
Son of John and Sarah Jane Mullen, of Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Jennie Mullen, of Greenfield Place, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Arthur, with his wife Madame Jennie Mordue, (the Contralto of repute), was well known within the district for their contribution to music. Both were involved in forming the very successful Ryton Music Festival, with Arthur becoming its first secretary pre war. Arthur carried on with his music interests whilst serving in India. He made several soloist broadcasts for the BBC Forces programmes. He had also broadcast for the BESA but turned down the opportunity to tour six months with them. He had sung as a soloist in Cathedrals in India and had directed several musical arrangements for the forces. It is believed Arthur worked as a hospital orderly whilst in Burma and met his death when the Japanese entered the medical premises and killed patients and staff. His father, John, was a veteran of World War 1 and had been badly wounded, suffering from disability for many years.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour, 1939-45. Information from family members.
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