George Mullin (VC)

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George Mullin
George Mullin VC.jpg
Lieutenant George Mullin c.1918
Nickname(s) Harry
Born (1892-08-15)15 August 1892
Portland, Oregon, United States
Died 5 April 1963(1963-04-05) (aged 70)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Buried at South Side Cemetery, Moosomin
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Rank Major
Unit Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Victoria Cross
Military Medal
Mentioned in Despatches
Other work
  • Sergeant at Arms, Saskatchewan Legislature
  • Captain, Veterans Guard

George Harry Mullin VC, MM (15 August 1892 – 5 April 1963) was an American-Canadian soldier in the Canadian army. Mullin was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Details[edit]

He was born at Portland, Oregon, so Mullin is also considered American although his parents brought him to Moosomin, Saskatchewan at the age of two. He enlisted in the army in December 1914.

Action[edit]

He was 25 years old, and a sergeant in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 30 October 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium, Sergeant Mullin single-handed captured a pill-box which had withstood heavy bombardment and was causing heavy casualties and holding up the attack. He rushed the snipers' post in front, destroyed the garrison with bombs, shot two gunners and then compelled the remaining 10 men to surrender. All the time rapid fire was directed on him and his clothes were riddled with bullets, but he never faltered in his purpose and he not only helped to save the situation but indirectly saved many lives.

Citation[edit]

The citation reads:

No. 51339 Sjt. George Harry Mullin, M.M., Can. Inf.

For most conspicuous bravery in attack, when single-handed he captured a commanding "Pill-box" which had withstood the heavy bombardment and was causing heavy casualties to our forces and holding up the attack. He rushed a sniper's post in front, destroyed the garrison with bombs, and, crawling on to the top of the "Pill-box," he shot the two machine-gunners with his revolver. Sjt. Mullin then rushed to another entrance and compelled the garrison of ten to surrender. His gallantry and fearlessness were witnessed by many, and, although rapid fire was directed upon him, and his clothes riddled by bullets, he never faltered in his purpose and he not only helped to save the situation, but also indirectly saved many lives.

— London Gazette, 11 January 1918[1][2]

Further Information[edit]

Mullin had earlier received the Military Medal at Vimy Ridge,[3] and finished the war as a lieutenant.[4] In 1934 he was appointed as Sergeant at Arms of the Saskatchewan legislature. Mullin served as a captain in the Veterans Guard during the Second World War.

Mullin is commemorated with the two-block long residential street 'Mullin Avenue' in the south central part of Regina, Saskatchewan.[5]

Mullin is buried at Moosomin South Side Cemetery, Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada in the Legion Plot (approximately N 50.13409 W 101.68206 ).

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Museum of the Regiments in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30471". The London Gazette. 11 January 1918. p. 723. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 31259". The London Gazette. 31 March 1919. p. 4160. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 29953". The London Gazette. 19 February 1917. p. 1757. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30861". The London Gazette. 24 August 1918. p. 9893. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  5. ^ http://open.regina.ca/dataset/street-where-you-live-list/resource/93cce91f-f862-4166-b96f-4e0c0b30df93

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