Patrick NOON
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 15582
Unit: 1st battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 18 November 1915
Age: 28
Cemetery: Citadel Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France

Patrick Noon originated from Newcastle under Lyme but, when war was declared in 1914, he had been living in Stockport for some time. He was married, with a son called Tom and another child, and lived at 4 Coppock's Court in the Portwood area of town. He worked locally as a stoker at the Portwood Gasworks.

His service number suggests that he enlisted into the army in September 1914 and was drafted to one the Regiment's two regular army battalions. Nearly a year later, he wrote to the local newspaper, the Cheshire Daily Echo. The paper published it, in it's edition of 26 July 1915, under the heading "Stockport Soldier's Appeal for Recruits".

".......Surely the sinking of the Lusitania which was only one of the many crimes committed by the Huns was enough to stir the blood of any Britisher. If only these men will come forward as one man, prepared to face a strong enemy, we and our brave allies will be able to deal the final blow to crush the enemy which is the only way to obtain an honourable peace."

On 18 November 1915, the Battalion was in trenches between the villages of Bray and Fricourt (approximately 6 kilometres south east of the town of Albert). The unit's War Diary makes no mention of casualties, only describing the day as "quiet". Patrick was the only member of the Battalion to be killed, probably by shellfire or sniper.

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