Mid-Ulster Mail – Saturday 17 June 1916
Private John McMullan, 9th Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action on 7 May 1916. He was a son of Mr James and Mrs McMullan, Ruskey, Coagh, and was one of the first in that loyal district to join the Ulster Division. He was only 24 years of age, and prior to enlistment was an enthusiastic member of Coagh Company UVF; also a member of LOL 188, and RBP 243. He was greatly respected by all who knew him, and much sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents and other relatives.
Rev Richard GS King, chaplain, writes to the parents as follows –
I am very sorry for the great loss you have had by the death of your son – a brave and promising soldier. His battalion has earned great praise by its gallant bearing on the night of his death. It is only what we expected of a regiment of such fine fellows. They have fearlessly endured the heaviest bombardments, and those who have fallen have not only earned the high praise of Him who said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” but have also set a great example to inspire those that come after. Your son and those who die fearlessly and bravely show the same greatness of soul as their forefathers of 200 years since. This day last year my son laid down his life in the same way. We should feel that we have more treasure in heaven and less on earth, more to draw our hearts there and our thoughts. Thank God for this grand gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, which will bring us again to those we love, without fear of death or parting. Your son lies with many brave Ulstermen in a military cemetery at the back of our lines. It is beautifully placed on a bank sloping to a river and wooded valley. If you write to the OC Graves Registration Unit, GHO, BEF, they will after a little send you a photo of his grave.