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William John Mussen


Newspaper Photograph of Private William John Mussen.

Life Story

Name: William John Mussen.

Service Number: 402796.

Rank: Private.

Battalion: 18th Battalion.

Regiment: Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

Born: 16th May 1888, County Down.

Died: 19th March 1916.

Address: 145 Cupar Street, Belfast


William John Mussen, son of Edward and Margaret Mussen, lived at 145 Cupar Street, Greater Shankill, Belfast.

The 1901 Ireland Census has William living at House 7 Ballymoney No.2 (Banbridge Rural, Down ) with his mother Margaret, occupation, Mill Worker, and four brothers, Fanny, 14 years, Mill Worker, David, 11 years, Edward, 8 years, and Joseph 6 years. Williams occupation at this time is given as Mill Worker.

The 1911 Ireland Census has William living at 152 Cupar Street, Belfast with his mother, occupation, House Keeper, and two brothers, Edward, 19 years, Flax Mill Worker, and Joseph, 17 years, Flax Mill Worker. There are two lodgers registered within the house also. Thomas O'Neill, 22 years, Mill Worker and Edger Welsh, 4 years. Williams occupation at this time is given as Flax Mill Worker also.

Prior to joining he was employed as a Blacksmiths Helper.

William enlisted into the 9th Reserve Battalion, C.T.D, at Guelph, Canada on the 8th February 1915.

He was then transferred to the 34th Battalion, before ending up in the 18th Battalion.

On the 26th of August 1915 William arrived in Shorncliffe, England.

He was admitted to Moore's Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe, on the 1st of November 1915 suffering from Gastritis, a sore throat, he was then discharged from hospital on the 5th of November 1915.

On the 19th of January 1916 he was posted as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force to France.

William John Mussen was a Private in the 18th Battalion Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment, when he Died Of Wounds (Gun Shot Wounds Abdomen) at 4am, on the 19th March 1916, within the Number 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, France at the age of 27 years.

A local newspaper states.

The Canadian Record Office reports that Pte William J Mussen, Canadian Force, was mortally wounded in the abdomen on March 19, death taking place in a Canadian clearing station in a few hours. Deceased had been in Canada - where many of his relatives resided - for a number of years. He was 28 years of age, and a son of Mrs Mussen, 145 Cupar Street, Belfast, who has received a letter of sympathy from Captain C.K Masters (C.F.) in the course of which he says- It will be a comfort to you to know that your son received every care and attention in his last hours, and every effort was made to save his life. It will be a greater comfort, I am sure.

A Dependants Pension Form shows Williams mother as claimant.

William mother received the Memorial Cross.

He is Remembered at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

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