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22775/DA   Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon
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Dated added: 08/05/2018   Last updated: 08/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Victory, Royal Navy Reserve Unit (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 17/03/1901
Died: 19/12/1919 (Died by accident)
Age: 18
Summary      
Patrick McIlkennon was born in Bellaghy on 17th Mar 1901. Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon was with HMS Victory with the Royal Naval Reserve when he drowned on 19th December 1919. Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon is buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery on the outskirts of Plymouth.
Further Information
Patrick Overend was the son of John Overend and Maggie McIlkennon. Patrick was born in Bellaghy on 17th March 1901.
Seaman's Services
The 1901 census lists Patrick as a baby, living with his unmarried mother at house 5 in Drumanee Lower, Bellaghy, County Londonderry.
Patrick enlisted under his motherís name as Patrick McIlkennon on 28th January 1918. He gave his address as St Columbaís Industrial School in Killybegs, which is in County Donegal.
Seaman's Services
Seaman's Services
On 1st March 1918 he was despatched to Devonport Depot on retention at Killybegs to train as Signal Boy.
Seaman's Services
Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon was with HMS Victory with the Royal Naval Reserve when he died on 19th December 1919.
Seaman's Services
Patrick was found drowned near the wall of Fountain Lake, Portsmouth Dockyard. Death was due to suffocation following immersion.
Seaman's Services
His next of kin was listed as Miss Brigid Harte who was living at Cornstalk, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim.
Seaman's Services
Seaman's Services
Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon is buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery on the outskirts of Plymouth.
Many thanks to Wesley Wright of the Friends of the Somme (Mid Ulster Branch) for the discovery and research.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Drumanee, Bellaghy Bellaghy Census listing in Drumanee 54.803453 -6.508500
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1 1901 census lists Patrick Overend Lists Patrick as a baby at house 5 in Drumanee Lower, Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 1911 census lists Brigid Harte Lists nok Brigid as age 21 at house 10 in Cornastauk, Manorhamilton, Leitrim
3 Casualty Lists 1918-1939 Deck Hand, RNR, DA 22775, Victory, 19 December 1919, drowned
4 FindAGrave.com Photo of Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon's grave
5 National Archives UK Royal Naval Reserve Medal Card
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon's grave can be purchased here
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