1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Edward Mallon was the son of Mrs. Mary Ann Donnelly of Aughacolumb, Ardboe, Stewartstown. His father seems to have died as a young man and Mary Ann had married Mr. Mick Donnelly. Edward enlisted in Londonderry with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was nineteen years of age when he was killed at the Somme and it is unlikely that he had served with the Battalion in Gallipoli.
Edward Mallon was the only son of Mary Ann Mallon. Father is unknown, but the 1901 census lists Edward’s surname as Curran.
Edward Mallon was born on 24th September 1897 in the Stewartstown area.
The 1901 census lists Edward Curran as age 3, living with his mother and grandparents at house 22 in Aghacolumb, Killycolpy, County Tyrone.
His mother married Michael Donnelly on 27th May 1902 in the district of Cookstown. They went on to have three daughters.
Family 2: Michael Donnelly, Mary Ann Donnelly, Anne Donnelly (born 5th September 1903), Catherine Donnelly (born 1st October 1904), Bridget Donnelly (born 10th January 1906).
The 1911 census lists Edward Mallon as age 13, living with his grandparents at house 13 in Aghacolumb, Killycolpy. He was still at school. His grandfather was a farmer.
The 1911 census lists Edward's mother, living with her family at house 14 in Aghacolumb, Killycolpy.
Edward Mallon enlisted in Londonderry.
It is thought unlikely that Edward had served with the battalion at Gallipoli.
Private Edward Mallon was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
Private Edward Mallon has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
Private Edward Mallon is also commemorated on Stewartstown War Memorial.
The CWGC Private Edward Mallon as the son of Mary Ann Donnelly (formerly Mallon), of Aghacolumb, Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, and also as the stepson of Mick Donnelly.