Patrick McBrien (McBreen)
|Town/Village:||Darlington, Yorkshire West Riding|
|Alternative Address:||Corglass, Legga, Moyne, Co. Longford|
|Census 1911:||Likely resident at 24 Japan Street, Darlington, with wife and two children|
|Regiment/Unit:||West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), 3rd (Reserve) Battalion|
|Date of Death:||10-10-1918|
|Cause:||Died at sea, (drowning), torpedoing of the R.M.S. Leinster|
|Memorial:||Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton|
Patrick was born 26 March 1878 in Corglass, Co. Longford, but later moved to Darlington in England. There he married Elizabeth Martin, c.1909 and they had two sons and two daughters together. Prior to the war, it would appear that Patrick worked for the Darlington Corporation in their graveyard(s).
Patrick enlisted for war service in Darlington. He served with the 3rd West Yorkshires. This was a reserve Battalion, based initially in York and later in Whitley Bay - it was never deployed to the front. It is likely that Patrick was returning from furlough visiting family in Ireland, when the ship he was travelling on, the R.M.S. Leinster was torpedoed in the Irish Sea. Patrick's body was sadly never recovere/identified, and he is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.
Elizabeth came to Longford and was resident in Corglass either at or after the time of Patrick's death, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) details and the Irish Calendar of Wills.
|Parents Names:||Son of Patrick McBrien** and Mary Corrigan of Corglass, Moyne.|
|Notes:||**His family's surname was recorded as McBrine in the 1901 Census. (Patrick was not residing with them at the time).|