Stoker 1st Class, RNR S 5831
Patrick was born on 17th April 1886 to parents John and Eliza in Slane, Country Meath.
He was first recorded on the 1901 Ireland census, aged fourteen, living with his mother and two siblings, Francis and Monica at Harlinstown, in Slane and attending school at Slane National School.
He remained in the town, along with his widowed mother for the following ten years, recorded then on the 1911 census. His occupation was that of a Farmer’s Son - his father had passed away so it is assumed he worked on a farm continuing his father’s work.
On joining the Royal Naval Reserve on 13th January 1915, recorded as 5’10” tall with blue grey eyes and a fair complexion, he left his home and commenced service from Glasgow port on 16th January. He joined HMS VANGUARD, his only ship, exactly two years prior to his death, walking aboard on 9th July 1915.
His mother received his pension following his death, along with his Star, Victory and British war medals.
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Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
1901 & 1911 Ireland Census
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: 009 (1914 - 1919)
UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919
National Archives - BT377/7/82490
Navy Lists, 1888-1970 National Library of Scotland; Edinburgh, Scotland; British Navy Lists. National Library of Scotland, 2020. https://doi.org/10.34812/y3wn-j486; Reference: 92149074
Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/9; Scan Number: 0198 World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 121/0581/Lun-Lya
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 122
Photo courtesy of Irish Regiments of World War One