Patrick SWEENEY
Rank: Private
Number: 9492
Unit: 9th Battalion LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 17 August 1915
Age: 28
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Patrick had been born in Oldham and came from a large family. They had moved to the Stockport area in the mid 1890s and lived first at 34 John Street. When the census was taken in 1901, 14 year old Patrick was working as a tailor's assistant.

When war was declared, the family had moved to 2 Dukinfield Place, in the Hillgate area of town (and later to 8 Covent Gardens). Patrick enlisted in November 1914 into the newly formed 9th Battalion. For the first few weeks, they trained without uniforms or rifles but, by the late spring of 1915, they were ready to go overseas on active service. Patrick and his comrades left Liverpool on 1 July bound first for Alexandria in Egypt. They then moved to the Greek island of Mudros to make final preparations before going into action at nearby Gallipoli.

They landed on 7 August. Ten days later, Patrick was dead. He was not killed outright but died of wounds he had received, but it is not known when this happened. There were many casualties over the first three days but it was probably later that he was injured. After a period in reserve, the Fusiliers were back in action from the 15th, taking over a section of the front line from the 11th Manchesters and this is the most likely period. He will probably have been moved back from the front line to a field hospital at the landing beach where he died.

After the failure of the invasion, Allied troops were evacuated from the peninsula from December 1915. Patrick will probably have been buried in one of the cemeteries now maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. In the remaining two years of War, many of the grave identification markers were lost. Patrick now has no known grave and is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

   
           
   
     
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