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These are some notes and links regarding Pelans who have military records or where there are other accounts of their lives in the military. The list is not complete.

American Civil War

Robert T Pelan, of Irish descent, died from wounds sustained at the Battle of Fredericksburg on the 15th December 1862. He was a member of the 7th Rhode Island Infantry.

Crimean War

The Irish Times newspaper of 18th March 1922 reports the death of Peter Pelan, 86, a Crimean War veteran who died at Lisburn. He had been in the 70th Foot Regiment and served in the Crimean and Afghan wars. He took part in the march under the command of Frederick Roberts - another Irishman - from Kabul to Kandahar.

South African campaigns

From [1] - "The  Ulster  Museum  has  an  oval  wooden  food  platter  with  four  legs,  with  the  information  that  this  was  taken  from  King  Lobengula's  kraal  (village)  by  Trooper  T.  R.  Pelan  of  Royston's  Horse  during  the  Zulu  war  of  1906. The  dish was  given  to the Museum  in 1917 by Trooper Pelan's widow,  who  lived  in  Lisburn,  Co.  Antrim."  .

Circa 1900

 Samuel Pelan  (b. ~1880)Royal Field Artillery (3518) Served at Woolwich. Discharged as being "incorrigible and worthless".
 Edward PelanWorcestershire Regiment (10681) Discharged 1910 as medically unfit.

First World War

 Cpl William J Pelan, DCM

Att. 49th Trench Mortar Battery, 

Royal Garrison Artillery (48110)

CWGCPump House Memorial
Christopher Pelan

1 RInF (10359) CWGCLisburn Memorial
 John Pelan1st RIR (6033)CWGCFriend's School Database
 John Pelan7th Leinster Regiment (1753) Discharged 1915
 John Pelan10th Royal Irish Rifles (15775)SurvivedTheatre: France
 David PelanASC Mechanical Transport (M/317328)SurvivedTheatre: Mesopotamia
 John PelanRoyal Field Artillery (90801) Theatre: Egypt
 Peter Pelan3rd Royal Irish Rifles (9006)  Theatre: France
 Richard J Pelan18th Royal Irish Rifles (303) Deserted
 Henry PelanRASC &  Royal Irish Fusiliers (41768) Theatre: France
 McIntyre Shields Pelan, MMRoyal Engineers (57669)SurvivedTheatre: France

The medals of Mcintyre Shields Pelan were stolen from his grandson John Pelan in 2016 but subsequently returned.

Second World War

Cpl Henry Girvan PelanRAF (648059)
CWGCLisburn Memorial


  1. The Tale of Royston's Horse: Connections between the Ulster Museum and Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Winifrid Glover, Archaeology Ireland , Vol. 11, No. 3 (Autumn, 1997), pp. 27-29