Albert Victor Mulley

Rank: Lance Serjeant

Service Number: 795

Date of Birth: 1886

Regiment:  9th Bn, Rifle Brigade

Date of Death: 25 September 1915

Age at death: 29

Cemetery / Memorial: Ypres Menin Gate Memorial

Country: Belgium

Grave / Reference: Bay 46, Stone L

Relatives: Son of Mrs Eliza Mulley  

Address: 115 Angel Street, Hadleigh.

 The whereabouts of Albert's medals is currently unknown, however his medal index card states that he was entitled to the above three medals.

The whereabouts of Albert's medals is currently unknown, however his medal index card states that he was entitled to the above three medals.

Albert Victor Mulley's story is one of a double family tragedy.  Sadly he and his older brother William, were both killed in action within a few weeks of each other.  William's story is also told on this website.  Albert was born in Hadleigh in 1885.  The 1901 census has him living at home at Place Farm with his parents; Arthur and Eliza Mulley and his siblings; William (19), Herbert (16), Frederick (12), Eva (10), Lily (9), Ive (6), Harry (4) and Edwin (2).  

 Death notice taken from the Suffolk Free Press of October 1915

Death notice taken from the Suffolk Free Press of October 1915

In September 1915 he was serving with the 9th Rifle Brigade, part of the 14th (Light) Division of K1 - K1 being the first of Kitchener’s New Armies.  In late September 1915 the 9th Rifles where caught up in the action around Hooge.  On 25 September they took part in an attack at Bellewarde.  This attack took place during the final stages of the 2nd battle of Ypres.  On that day 144 Officers and men from Albert’s battalion were killed.  141 of those, including Albert was listed as ‘Missing in Action’. 

 The Menin Gate, the Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient

The Menin Gate, the Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient

Albert’s body was never identified and he is now remembered on the magnificent Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.  This beautiful memorial lists the names of over 53,000 men who went missing in the Ypres Salient during the war.  Albert is also remembered on the Hadleigh Memorial.

 

 

 Lance Serjeant Albert Victor Mulley.

Lance Serjeant Albert Victor Mulley.

 Robert Lambert's Medal Index Card

Robert Lambert's Medal Index Card

By the time of the 1911 Census, Albert was serving with the 2nd Bn the Rifle Brigade and we know he saw service in India.  So when war broke out Albert was already an experienced professional soldier.  When the British Expeditionary Force deployed to France and Belgium in August 1914, part of Kitchener's strategy was to hold back some experienced Officers and men in order to provide an experienced nucleus for the new armies that would be needed.  Albert was one of the men held back.

 A memorial notice placed in the Suffolk Free Press in October 1917

A memorial notice placed in the Suffolk Free Press in October 1917

 The Hadleigh Memorial

The Hadleigh Memorial

 

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We hope that this page has been able to tell the story of Albert Victor Mulley.  If you know of any information which might help to add to the story then please get in touch.