John Mulrooney

JOHN MULROONEY (1867 - 1918)

John was born in July 1867. The young John grew up at 23, Watercotes, next-door to the 'Old Turks head' public house. John lived here with his parents, John and Margaret, and his older brother and sister. His siblings and mother worked as silk piecers in local mills whereas his father worked as a general labourer. By the time of the 1891 Census, John's father was deceased; his widow and children were still living in Watercotes. Indeed, the three children continued to live together in the house after the death of their mother. Prior to the outbreak of war, John was working in the local area, with his brother William, as a quarryman.

John's Service Record no longer exists but we know he enlisted in Macclesfield and was originally a member of the 7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. At some point he was transferred to the 431st Agricultural Company Labour Corps.

During World War 1, Agricultural Corps were formed from soldiers no longer fit for front line combat duties. Those transferred to the Labour Corps had served in the front line and had been either wounded there or had taken ill. The Labour Corps was made up of the men who could not be returned to the front as a result of their health or injuries as well as men who, when they enlistment, were too old or had not achieved A1 fitness, which entailed having the ability to march five miles in full fit and have good eyesight. Since John had already been a member of the Cheshire Regiment, it is likely he became a member of the 431st Agricultural Company following his recuperation from injuries or illness sustained in service on the front line.

Almost seventy five thousand men, serving in the Agricultural Companies, took the spaces left by pre-war farm workers who had enlisted for service. Their duties included anything from helping in stores, working the land and driving tractors to repairing roads.

John died on 3 October 1918, at Romney Marsh in Kent, aged fifty one. We do not know the circumstances or cause of John's death. His remains were returned to his family and his was buried in Macclesfield Cemetery. John's brother William composed the wording to be added to John's headstone. It reads:

"Died In The Service
Of His King & Country"


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