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5602   Rifleman Patrick Diamond
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Dated added: 12/03/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 30/06/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Patrick Diamond was born in Kilrea about 1886. The family lived in Claragh, just north of Kilrea. Patrick Diamond enlisted in Belfast around 1900 and was with 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. The 1st Battalion was in Aden when war was declared and arrived at Liverpool on 22nd October 1914. Rifleman Diamond was given leave at this time and arrived home in Kilrea for a full week. Patrick had done about sixteen years in the army and served throughout the South African Campaign. On the 30th June 1916, five men were killed in action as the result of shellfire in the Somme region. Rifleman Patrick Diamond was one of them.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 15A-15B
CWGC Casualty 756846
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 22
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Diamond family 1901 census does not list Patrick as living with the family at house 2 in Claragh, Kilrea, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Diamond family 1911 census does not list Patrick as living with the family at house 1 in Claragh, Kilrea, Londonderry
3 Forum discussion Details of Diamond family
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Rifleman Patrick Diamond
5 National Archives UK Medal card of Rifleman Patrick Diamond can be purchased here
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