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Edward Joseph Mullin

Headstone of Sgt Edward Joseph MULLIN 63743. Andersons Bay General Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 165135. Image kindly provided by Allan Steel CC-BY 4.0.

Headstone of Sgt Edward Joseph MULLIN 63743. Andersons Bay General Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, B …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Mullin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 63743 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 October 1914 AWMM BalcluthaOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM C/o Nat. Insurance Co., Dunedin AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. J.M. Mullin, c/o. Dominion Building Supplies, Christchurch (f) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 63743 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Mullin, Edward Joseph. (Ref. WO 373/14/275). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Lance Sergeant E. J. Mullin, MM; Dunedin; born Balclutha, 27 Oct 1914; insurance inspector. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.707.)

    'Radio communications were becoming increasingly difficult, however, because of overloaded wireless nets, a surfeit of high-priority signals, and interference. No effort was therefore spared to establish and maintain telephone lines wherever possible. Lance-Sergeant Mullin of F Troop, 47 Battery, was one of the many signals NCOs involved. In the night 11–12 April he was ordered to lay a line to the future Tac HQ of 23 Battalion, a location chosen from the map and then occupied by the foremost company. His only guide was a map reference. He set out at once and had the line working by the time the first HQ officer of the battalion arrived. But then he had to maintain it. Every time it was cut he went out and repaired it. NZ tanks were almost as bad in this respect as enemy guns and mortars, and Mullin saw that he had to follow their movements closely so as to be able to repair the line when they broke it. For three hours in the night he was in the open under fire. Next day under sniper fire he laid a line by hand across the Santerno to a village not fully cleared of enemy. Mullin had been through most of the desert fighting and had served in all the Italian actions. He was overdue for a decoration and at last won an immediate MM.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 707.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 June 1971 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
    Age 56 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Andersons Bay General Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 165, Plot 135 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.707. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.256 AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM

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