Roll of Honour


Brian Desmond Mullally


Brian Desmond Mullally was born the youngest son of William and Matilda Mullally in Glasgow, 1897. Mullally’s father, William, worked as a draper and the family moved around a number of locations across Glasgow, including Crosshill and the West End. Mullally later resided on Sauchiehall Street.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

In 1914, aged 18, Mullally enrolled in his first year at the University of Glasgow as a medical student and took classes in chemistry and zoology. He was an active member of the Officers' Training Corps. Due to the advent of the First World War, Mullally never entered his second year at the university. Instead, he served as a Captain with the 26th Tyneside Irish Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers in France. On the 25th and 26th of June, 1916, Mullally took part in a trench raid on the German Front Line at La Boisselle under the command of Captain Price. Although wounded during the raid, Mullally remained at his post, and received the Military Medal along with the other members of the 26th Battalion Raiding Party.

Unfortunately, Captain Brian Desmond Mullally did not remain so fortunate for much longer. On the 1st of July, 1916, he was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme. He was only 19 years old. Mullally is commemorated at the Ovillers Military Cemetery in France, and his headstone bares the blessing “On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy may he rest in peace” which was chosen by his father.