MULVEY, Peter – Gresford War Memorial

Peter Kilbride Mulvey was born in the March Quarter of 1896 (Denbighshire Vol Volume:               11b

Page: 215) the son of James & Mary E. Mulvey (nee Jones), who married in a Civil Ceremony in Wrexham in 1888 (Wrexham County Borough (Wrexham)WM/033/4).

Peter is seen for the first time on the 1901 census living with his parents and siblings at The Square, Gresford, Denbighshire.    Head of the household was James Mulvey, 44 a Gardener, born in Ireland.    (On the 1891 census he was a Coachman), James’s wife Mary E. 44, a Dressmaker on her own account, had been born in Marchwiel, Denbighshire.    Their children had all been born in Gresford, Alice, R.,11, John, 9, William O., 6 and Peter, 5.

The 1911 census  sees the family  had moved to 5, Montrose Terrance, Gresford, Nr. Wrexham (4 rooms) and James, 56, still a Gardener states he was born in Aughaslaun, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.   He doesn’t make a note, as all head of household were supposed to, of how long he had been married to Mary Elizabeth or how many children they had had.   Their daughter Alice, 21 and single, son William, 16 and Peter, 15 were in the household, but Mary Elizabeth was not, she was visiting Sydney and Sarah White at 33, Stringfield Road, Blackpool (15 rooms).   She was now 54 and a Dressmaker, luckily she fills in the required information on that census –  (Married 23 years, 5 children born, all still living), so important to Family Historians.

Peter Mulvey in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that his birthplace and enlistment place was Wrexham, this source states he “Died.”   This usually indicates that he did not die from wounds or was killed in Action, it usually means he died from disease or other means.

Pater (sic) Mulvey in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that he was killed Accidently and that the sole Legatee was his mother Elizabeth who received £18 7s 1d on the 1st January 1919, also £1 3s on the 20th February 1919 and his War Gratuity of £ 11 10s on the 12th November 1919.

I cannot find his Attestation papers that may have told us more.   Any information gratefully received,


Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams

Pic by John Davies 19/04/2014

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