HMS Victory, Royal Navy Reserve Unit (British Navy)
Date Of Birth:
19/12/1919 (Died by accident)
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.
Patrick Overend was the son of John Overend and Maggie McIlkennon. Patrick was born in Bellaghy on 17th March 1901.
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.
On 1st March 1918 he was despatched to Devonport Depot on retention at Killybegs to train as Signal Boy.
Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon was with HMS Victory with the Royal Naval Reserve when he died on 19th December 1919.
Patrick was found drowned near the wall of Fountain Lake, Portsmouth Dockyard. Death was due to suffocation following immersion.
His next of kin was listed as Miss Brigid Harte who was living at Cornstalk, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim.
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.