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  cap badgePrivate Patrick Wall

1st Battalion Irish Guards
Service No: 2726

Patrick Wall grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Edward and Rose Wall of 7 John St, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Husband of Catherine McInally Wall (14/04/1880- ) of 180 Bank St, Coatbridge. She remarried and became Mrs Catherine Kilday of 5 Hozier St, Coatbridge. Patrick's older brother Private Thomas Wall (2531) of the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers was discharged on the 13/06/16 and died on the 19/07/1917. The brothers died under 3 months apart. From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - No.3 Donore Rd, West Gate, Drogheda, Louth, Ireland - Edward Wall aged 40, Rose Wall aged 40, William Wall aged 14, Thomas Wall aged 13, Patrick Wall aged 11, Edward Wall aged 10, Lucy Wall aged 8, James Wall aged 5, Patrick's grandmother Lucy Meath aged 60. From the 1911 Ireland Census - Address - 7 John's Gate, West Gate, Drogheda, Louth, Ireland - Edward Wall aged 40, Thomas Wall aged 22, Patrick Wall aged 21, Edward Wall aged 19, James Wall aged 15, Frances Wall aged 8, Ellen Wall aged 4. Patrick's Pension was awarded to his Catherine on the 28/04/1918. Also listed is an adopted son named James Armstrong (also named James Coyle) born on the 31/03/1915.

Born / Resided

Drogheda, Co. Louth / 180 Bank St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action on the 10/10/1917 at the Battle of Poelcapelle (3rd Battle of Ypres)

Enlisted

Drogheda, Co. Louth 1914 originally Drogheda, Co. Louth 16/02/1907

Employed

Wire Works of William Bain and Company / Reservist

Age

27

Buried / Remembered

Cement House Cemetery (XIV. E. 4), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Langemark has given its name to the Battles of 21-24 October 1914 and 16-18 August 1917. The village was in German hands from April 1915 to August 1917 and from April to September 1918. Commonwealth, French and Belgian forces have in turn defended and attacked it. "Cement House" was the military name given to a fortified farm building on the Langemark-Boesinghe (now Boezinge) road. The original Cement House Cemetery (now Plot I, an irregular group of 231 graves) was begun here at the end of August 1917 and used by the 4th and 17th Division burial officers, by field ambulances and by units in the line until April 1918. In the years immediately following the Armistice, most of Plots II - XV were added when Commonwealth graves were brought in from the battlefields and small burial grounds around Langemark and Poelkapelle, mostly dating from the Autumn of 1917. There are 3,592 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery, 2,425 of the burials are unidentified. Of the 22 Second World War burials in the cemetery, five are unidentified.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 13/08/1914 and were part of the 1st Guards Brigade, Guards Division when Patrick fell. The 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) 31 July – 10 November 1917: The British finally got what they had wanted since 1914: the opportunity to attack at Ypres and breakout of the confines of the salient of trenches around it. Often known as the Third Battle of Ypres or Passchendaele, the offensive began with encouraging gains but terrible summer weather soon bogged it down. By August the offensive was clearly failing in its objectives and had descended into attritional fighting. New techniques by both sides led to agonisingly slow forward movement for the British, at enormous cost in casualties to both sides. Bad weather in October led to the battlefield becoming an impossible quagmire. See Directory for Patrick's older brother Thomas' page. Patrick and his brother Thomas are also remembered on the Drogheda War Memorial (I personally took these photos on the 25/12/2007 - see photos x 2) and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. He is listed as aged 25 by the CWGC and on his Headstone. See photos for Patrick's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, Patrick and family in the 1901 Ireland Census, Patrick and family in the 1911 Ireland Census, his listing in the Ireland Casualties WW1, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his Attestation Papers x 3, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Cement House Cemetery, another photo of Patrick's Grave, his Pension Records x 2 and the Irish Guards Cap Badge.

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