Patrick Kenealy (Kennealy)
Rank: Private
Number: 9745
Unit: 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 21 August 1918
Age: 26
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

Official records differ in the spelling of Patrick's surname, although the 1901 Census records it as Kenealy (as do military records for his brother John) and must be presumed to be correct.

The Census shows that he had been born in Stockport as was a school boy at the time. Also listed are his father, also called Patrick (who had been born in Ireland and worked as a general labourer), then aged 39; Bridget (12), a domestic servant; John (15), cotton weaver; Margaret (10) and Martin (13), cotton weaver. There is no mention of Patrick's mother who is known to have been called Mary Ann.  Patrick's father is believed to have died in 1902 and his sister Margaret also died in 1906.

Patrick is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission but is not mentioned in the Cheshire Regiment Roll of Honour. It is probable that he had been wounded much earlier in the war and had been discharged from the army as unfit for further service. This would certainly account for him not being in regimental records. He had enlisted within days of war being declared in August 1914.

Patrick's brother, John, also died of wounds received whilst serving with the Cheshires in Greece and is commemorated on the Memorial.

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