Michael MYLAN
Rank: Private
Number: 8969
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 19 November 1915
Age: 38
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Michael had been born in Stockport and lived in the town with his wife, Mary, at 4 Pine Street, Brinksway. He had been a regular soldier and was probably serving aboard when the 1901 Census was taken. The Census does list a Patrick Mylan, aged 65, born in Ireland, living in Stockport and working as a cotton card room hand. This man is probably Michael's father.

When war was declared in August 1914, Michael was mobilised, as a reservist. He left his job with Stockport Corporation's Highways Department and rejoined his regiment. He will have gone straight into action after the Battle of Mons on 24 August and was one of the "Old Contemptibles". Michael died at a hospital near the town of Etaples in northern France. The local press reported that he had been wounded but army records only note that he had "died" - normally meaning from natural causes.

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