Albert Jack Mullins

Male 1906 - 1984  (77 years)


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  • Name Albert Jack Mullins 
    Born 25 Feb 1906  Holywell, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Holywell, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Age: 5y 
    Occupation Between 1923 and 1930  [4
    Soldier 
    • Jack joined the army on 31/8/1923 having lied about his age by saying he was born in 1904.

      Enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Number 5613417

      His postings were as follows

      Home 31.08.23 29.12.24
      India 30.12.24 17.03.26
      Aden 18.03.26 28.03.27
      Home 29.03.27 30.08.30

      As can be seen from the dates Jack did 16 months at the regimental depot for his initial period of service before joining the second battalion in India where they had been stationed since 1919 2.

      India

      When Jack arrived in India the battalion was serving as a unit of the Viceroys Guard, which consisted of one British infantry battalion, and Indian infantry battalion and a Royal Horse Artillery battery. The battalion had been involved in the fighting around Waziristan, in what is now Pakistan, but by the time Jack arrived its duties were predominately ceremonial, a modicum of training combined with great ceremonial,King's birthdays, heroic funerals which could have rivaled those of any Moghul Prince and a regular diet of inspections.

      The Battalion spent the "cool season" in Delhi (November to February) moving out to Kailana in March or April as the weather became impossible. Single men like Jack stayed for 3 months from March to June, then returned to New Cantonments to be replaced by another party for the next three months.

      Kailana is north of Delhi and 7,500 feet above sea level. One officer described it as not unlike the Scottish Highlands wild rhododendrons instead of rowans and once the monsoons started 'Dark Indian oaks, pines, cedars, wreathed in creepers festooned with roses . . . the ground beneath displaying brambles, violets, ox eye daisies, buttercups, dahlias in a riot of colour'. And, fifty miles away, but looking in the diamond sharp air as if it could be reached in an afternoon's stroll, the 27,000 feet high peak of Nanda Devi 'the blessed goddess' -- believed by many travellers to be the most beautiful mountain in the world.

      Aden

      Jacks Record Book shows him transferring from India to Aden in March of 1926, which is somewhat strange as the Battalion would appear to have been in Aden since at least June of 1925.

      Most travel books mention that the town stands in an extinct volcano surrounded by arid rocks and with an average annual temperature of 86 o c. The heat is damp and steamy. Of the two main centres of troop concentration, Crater and Steamer Point some idea of the delights offered by Aden can be discerned in the suffuse quality of its place names. Steamer Point is to be preferred as it sometimes enjoys a sea breeze. 'Aden swarms with bugs, they are to be found everywhere' the intelligence report from the Royal Scots goes on '. . . A block of buildings at Crater called "Prickly Heat Alley" provides a liquor and supper bar. The only recreations are fishing and rock climbing men who do this get lost and have to be rescued. Water difficult and strictly rationed. All drinking, cooking and dhobi water is condensed, brackish and unfit for Europeans. Special rations are issued to combat BeriBeri (no cases in the Royal Scots but the Border Regt. had some). Dengue Fever is prevalent; particularly among families Aden is a bad place for families: all who can should go on home to England.'

      On a more cheerful note the report ended with the remark that Aden was only a short-stay station and that the next stop was usually Britain.

      Home

      On the Battalions return to England, the regimental history has little to say other than to state that the battalions health was poor. Jack once told his son Alan that return across the Bay of Biscay was horrendous and once you got to a toilet you stayed with it.

      Although the dates are not known at the moment Alan can remember a picture of Jack with the Regiments rugby team and that Jack was always very knowledgeable about the sport.

      Jack served for 8 years in England before his discharge. His service was exemplary according to his references and it is shown in his records that he served in the officers mess for the last year of his service.

      He was then in the reserves until 30/8/39. He told Alan that he wanted to re-enlist for the duration of the second world war, but his employer said that if he did his family would have to leave their tied cottage. As a protected occupation Jack had no option, but to comply.

    Kailana Officers Hill
    Kailana Officers Hill
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    Steamer Point 2
    Steamer Point 2
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    Steamer Point
    Steamer Point
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    Occupation 1931 
    Farm Worker 
    Newpaper Article 2 Oct 1931  Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Fainted At P.C.'s Allegation 
    Address:
    Police Court 
    Newpaper Article 9 Oct 1931  Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Farm Labourer Acquitted 
    Address:
    Dorchester Crown Court 
    Residence Between 21 Jan 1934 and 1936  Woolcombe, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    • Alan was born here.
    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1936 and 1937  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Address:
    Fortunes Wood Farm 
    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1937 and 1939  Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 10
    Address:
    6 Dorchester Road 
    • Role: Resident
    Census 29 Sep 1939  Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 12
    Address:
    40 Dorchester Road 
    • Date of birth shown as 25th Feb 1905.
    Ancestor Count 48 
    Descendant Count 15 
    Occupation 29 Sep 1939  Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 12
    Farm Carter 
    Residence Between 1940 and 1943  Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 10
    Address:
    5 Folly Road 
    • Alan can remember hiding under the stairs when a German bomber dumped his bombs down the Dorchester road and blew out the glass on thier old house on Dorchester road. Jack built a shelter in the garden, but it was only a bit of tin with a thin grass covering.
    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1941 and 1943  Yetminster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 13
    Address:
    Melbury Road 
    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1943 and 1946  Yetminster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 13
    Address:
    Manor Farm 
    • They shared the main farm house with the farmer Frank Partridge and.his family. Alan can remember the horses were called Prince and Blackbird, and Frank had a Austin 10 car with a trialler which they used to ride in the kids and not the horses. Alan used to ride the horses down to the Blacksmiths when they needed shoeing and ride them back after school.

    • Role: Resident
    Residence 1945  Woolcombe, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    • Rita was born here.
    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1946 and 1947  Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 14
    Address:
    2 Swing Gate Cottages, Newton Hill, BA20 2RZ 

    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1947 and 1947  Hinton Saint George, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 15
    Address:
    Hinton Park Farm 
    • The house was in a remote area, quite a long way from the village, Alan once opened as someone was knocking to discover a cow who poked her head in to see what was about.
    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1947 and 1963  Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 16
    Address:
    5 Marrs Cross 
    • Role: Resident
    Residence Between 1963 and 1965  Brympton D'Evercy, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 17, 18
    Address:
    2 Highleaze Cottages 
    • On the right as just before you reach the Brympton House turning, coming from Yeovil. Newpaper for Rita's wedding gives the address as 3 Houndstone Cottages.
    • Role: Resident
    Occupation Est 1965 
    Groundsman 
    Address:
    Brympton De'Vercy House, Somerset, England 
    Residence Between 1965 and Feb 1984  Alvington, Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 19
    Address:
    No 4 
    • Role: Resident
    Misc 20 Jan 1984  Alvington, Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [19, 20
    Address:
    • Jack and Mollie celebrated their Golden wedding with a gathering of both children and all the grandchildren.
    Newspaper - Western Gazette - 1984 - Mullins Jack and Mollie Goldend Wedding
    Newspaper - Western Gazette - 1984 - Mullins Jack and Mollie Goldend Wedding
    _USED Jack 
    Died 14 Feb 1984  Alvington, Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [19, 21, 22
    Cause: Heart Failure 
    Address:
    2 Alvington Cottages 
    Buried 18 Feb 1984  Brympton D'Evercy, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 23
    Address:
    St Andrews Church 
    • The service was at 11:30am and was organised by Irish and Denman, Funeral Directors from South Petherton.
      Witness Role: Attended Name: Miss W Bell (great niece)
      Witness Role: conductant Name: Rev A Dean
      Witness Role: Attended Name: Mr & Mrs H Bowditch (Uncle and Aunt)
    Person ID I6  Taubman Family Tree
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2018 

    Father Henry Charles Mullins,   b. 6 May 1876, Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1958, Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Frances Susan Pitcher,   b. 29 Dec 1874, Melbury Osmond, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1957, Woolcombe, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 11 Sep 1901  Melbury Osmond, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [24, 25
    Notes 
    • Henry at home with parents for 1901 Census
    Photos
    Henry & Susan Mullins
    Henry & Susan Mullins
    Henry & Susan Mullins
    Henry & Susan Mullins
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    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Margaret Bowditch,   b. 19 Nov 1907, Melbury Sampford, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1996, Wincanton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1934  Melbury Bubb, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [26, 27
    • Witness Role: Witness Name: S. Gregory?
      Witness Role: The signature is not clear on marriage certificate
    Children 
     1. A.H.H. Mullins
    Photos
    Newspaper - Western Gazette - 1984 - Mullins Jack and Mollie Goldend Wedding
    Newspaper - Western Gazette - 1984 - Mullins Jack and Mollie Goldend Wedding
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Feb 1906 - Holywell, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 5y - 2 Apr 1911 - Holywell, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewpaper Article - Fainted At P.C.'s Allegation - 2 Oct 1931 - Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewpaper Article - Farm Labourer Acquitted - 9 Oct 1931 - Dorchester, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Jan 1934 - Melbury Bubb, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 21 Jan 1934 and 1936 - Woolcombe, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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    Fortunes Wood Farm - Between 1936 and 1937 - Evershot, Dorset, England
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    6 Dorchester Road - Between 1937 and 1939 - Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England
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    40 Dorchester Road - 29 Sep 1939 - Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England
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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farm Carter - 29 Sep 1939 - Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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    5 Folly Road - Between 1940 and 1943 - Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England
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    Melbury Road - Between 1941 and 1943 - Yetminster, Dorset, England
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    Manor Farm - Between 1943 and 1946 - Yetminster, Dorset, England
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1945 - Woolcombe, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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    2 Swing Gate Cottages, Newton Hill, BA20 2RZ - Between 1946 and 1947 - Yeovil, Somerset, England
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    Hinton Park Farm - Between 1947 and 1947 - Hinton Saint George, Somerset, England
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    5 Marrs Cross - Between 1947 and 1963 - Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset, England
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    2 Highleaze Cottages - Between 1963 and 1965 - Brympton D'Evercy, Somerset, England
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    No 4 - Between 1965 and Feb 1984 - Alvington, Yeovil, Somerset, England
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    2 - 20 Jan 1984 - Alvington, Yeovil, Somerset, England
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    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Heart Failure - 14 Feb 1984 - Alvington, Yeovil, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
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    St Andrews Church - 18 Feb 1984 - Brympton D'Evercy, Somerset, England
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  • Photos
    Albert Jack Mullins in Devonshire Regiment Uniform
    Albert Jack Mullins in Devonshire Regiment Uniform
    Alan Mullins & Joyce Crabb Wedding
    Alan Mullins & Joyce Crabb Wedding
    Albert Jack Mullins in Devonshire Regiment Uniform
    Albert Jack Mullins in Devonshire Regiment Uniform
    Jack Mullins at a party
    Jack Mullins at a party
    Albert Jack Mullins in Devonshire Regiment Uniform
    Albert Jack Mullins in Devonshire Regiment Uniform
    Media Date: EST 1923
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    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Jack Mullins at a party
    Jack Mullins at a party
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    Census 1911 Holywell, Dorset, England RG14/12/4/20
    Census 1911 Holywell, Dorset, England RG14/12/4/20
    Media Date: 2 APR 1911
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  • Sources 
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    2. [S16] Birth Certificate : Albert Jack Mullins, 16.

    3. [S325] Census 1911 Holywell, Dorset, England RG14/12/4/20, (RG14/12/4/20), 325.

    4. [S731] Army Service Book - Albert Jack Mullins.

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    6. [S393] Western Gazette.

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    8. [S394] Western Gazette Friday 09 October 1931.

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    10. [S488] Alan Mullins (Verbal).

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    12. [S556] Census 1939 Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England RG101/6955D/002/11, (RG101/6955D/002/11).

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    18. [S778] Newspaper Unknown 1964 Brympton Girls Wedding.

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    20. [S735] Newspaper - Western Gazette - 1984 - Mullins Jack and Mollie Golden Wedding.

    21. [S18] Death Certificate, 18.

    22. [S738] Newspaper - Western Gazette - Death Notice Albert Jack Mullins.

    23. [S736] Newspaper - Western Gazette 1984 - Albert Jack Mullins.

    24. [S930] .

    25. [S26] Marriage Certificate : Henry Charles Mullins/Frances Pitcher, GRO, 26.

    26. [S907] .

    27. [S6] Marriage Certificate : Jack Mullins and Molly Bowditch, 6.