Grandfather and dad were prisoners of war

West Hartlepool Smelters FC pictured in 1913. Back row: T Renwick, J T Crooks, J Usher, R Forrest, J Cheney,. Middle row: A Smith, I maloney, T Williams, W Mc Pherson, J Mullinder, W Renwick, W E Woore.'Front row: G Oliver, B Gooding, A Williams, P Clarke, R Richards(captain), J Kane, G Adams, W H Baldersonand W J Tucker(hon sec).
West Hartlepool Smelters FC pictured in 1913. Back row: T Renwick, J T Crooks, J Usher, R Forrest, J Cheney,. Middle row: A Smith, I maloney, T Williams, W Mc Pherson, J Mullinder, W Renwick, W E Woore.'Front row: G Oliver, B Gooding, A Williams, P Clarke, R Richards(captain), J Kane, G Adams, W H Baldersonand W J Tucker(hon sec).

THE West Hartlepool Smelters FC 1913 (Memory Lane, February 26) showed a picture of my grandfather, John Joseph Mullender (who was known as Joe) of Marmion Road, West Hartlepool.

Two years later he joined the Northumberland Fusiliers along with his younger brother, James.

After being split from his brother during training, James joined the 24th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) and Joe joined the 5th Battalion.

Joe was later taken prisoner of war and released in 1918, and James was demobilised in the same year.

Joe and James’s relation (cousin I think) William Mullender died in the Somme in 1916, G W Bainbridge’s letter (Mail, March 1).

On returning from the great war Joe married and recommenced working in the steelworks.

His wife had three children and the eldest child, James William Mullender (my father), I assume was named after his brother and William Mullender.

James William Mullender then saw action during the Second World War and was shot five times during the battle of Arnhem in 1944 while serving in the Parachute regiment.

He was taken prisoner of war (just like his father in the great war).

Luckily he was repatriated in 1945 and later married my mother, Mary Williams, in 1947. They went on to have four children.

Lest we forget.

Robert Mullender,

Taunton Grove,

Hartlepool.