Friday, 17 March 2017

PATCHELL, William Neville

Private, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Service No: 5435
Died: 16/07/1916
Age: 25

Remembered on Thiepval Memorial
Remembered on family memorial Bangor Cemetery

William Neville Patchell was born in Durgarven, Co. Waterford on the 11th August 1890. He was the son of William A. Patchell, a Bank Official, and his wife Alice L. Patchell (nee Neville).

William was educated in Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, and is recorded on the schools war memorial.

By 1911 the family had moved to Belfast, the census recording that his parents and sister where living in Malone Avenue but there is no sign of William at this point (yet).

He enlisted in the 20th (University and Public Schools) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and went to France in November 1915.

William was reported as wounded in the casualty lists published in newspaper of 10th June 1916 but this must not have been too serious as he was soon to be back at the front only to be killed on the 16th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.


PATCHELL, Pte. Wm. Neville, Royal Fusiliers (Public Schools Battalion), killed in action on 16th July, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Patchell, Downshire Park, Bangor, and grandson of the late Mr. Robt. Neville, Johnston, County Kilkenny.
Belfast Newsletter, 5th August 1916

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