Patrick Graham (Ch) SS 114546, Stoker 2nd Class.
Patrick was born on 24th October 1894 in Dublin, Ireland to parents George and Elizabeth. There are few details regarding his early life up until he joined the Navy for a short service on 9th August 1913, although paperwork states he was a Blacksmith in his civilian occupation. He was recorded as 5'10" tall with dark brown hair and grey eyes.
He trained as a Stoker at Pembroke ll from 9th August 1913 until 31st March 1914, spending 5 days in the cells from 2nd January 1914 - he had only just returned to service after his first period locked up when an incident occured for him to spend a further 14 days in cells, which began on 8th January 1914.
He was posted to HMS Vanguard on 1st April 1914 until 10th August 1916, serving during the Battle of Jutland and returned to Pembroke ll on 11th August until 25th September 1916. He returned to the Vanguard on 26th September 1916 until her explosion in July 1917.
Patrick was buried in Lyness Naval Cemetery with ship mate Robert Valentine, also from Ireland.
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Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 1120
Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914-1922
UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960
Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/8; Scan Number: 0619
Photo - Irish Regiments of World War One Facebook Group
Grave photo - Brian Budge