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Patrick Malone was the son of John and Ellen Malone of 9 Lyon Street, Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire. He had a brother named Thomas (also served WW1) and sisters named Annie, Elizabeth and Mary.

Soon after war broke out, on 2nd September 1914, Patrick enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Hindley. He signed up on a short service engagement for a term of three years. It was made clear to him that if the war was over in less than three years, he would be discharged.

At the time of his attestation he was 23 years 6 months old, and had been working as a coal cutter (the same job his mother did). In 1911 he had been working in the cotton industry. He had no previous military experience.

At his enlistment medical examination in Bolton, the doctor described Patrick as being 5ft 5in tall, weighing 133lbs. He had blue/grey eyes and light brown hair.

Patrick was given the number 15208, and posted into the 8th (Service) Battalion.

On 10th September 1915, he was punished for being absent without leave, he forfeited fifteen days pay. It is likely that he was meant to sail to France with the 8th Batttalion on 6th September, but absconded instead. On 25th September, Patrick now sailed to join them.

On 21st May 1916 at Broadmarsh Crater (Vimy), Patrick sustained gunshot wounds to his left forearm and legs. He was removed from the battlefield by the 17th Field Ambulance, being taken to the 30th Casualty Clearing Station.

21st May 1916 – Broadmarsh Crater

German guns were firing heavily, cutting off communication between the 8th Bn front-line and their headquarters. At about 19:30hrs a mine exploded near the crater, and with that the enemy attacked in successive waves.

The Battalion held their ground admirably during this heavy attack, and were reduced to fighting with bayonets having completely expended their rifle and bomb supply before beginning to fall back.

Casualties were high, 3 officers killed, 5 officers wounded; 27 other ranks killed, 107 wounded and 15 missing.

It was during this action that Lt R. B. B. Jones was killed, his gallantry on this night seeing him posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.


Wounded, Patrick was transferred back to the United Kingdom on the hospital ship Asturias.

Upon his arrival back in Blighty, he was treated at the 2nd Western Military Hospital in Stockport.

Hospital Ship Asturias

Hospital Ship Asturias

Patrick spent 21 days in hospital, before being permitted a furlough of leave.

On 4th September 1916, he was posted into the 3rd Battalion, at the Regimental depot in Preston.

On 8th February 1917, Patrick sailed from Folkstone to Bolougne to join the 9th (Service) Battalion in the field. Arriving at Etaples, he wasn’t taken on to the strength of the Battalion until 7th April.

On 4th August 1917, Patrick was killed in the Westhoek area of Ypres. The brigade had that day rejoined its division, having spent the last fortnight detached to C.R.E II Corps working on the roads, water-supply and digging new communication trenches.

It is not clear how Patrick died, however four other men of the Battalion were also killed,  I suspect it was probably the result of shell fire. All are remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

9th Battalion Casualties – 4th August 1917

‘34569’ Private LEONARD BARBER
‘25867’ Private WILFRED KNOTT
‘15208’ Private PATRICK MALONE
‘20856’ Private JOSEPH STOREY

In January 1918, his mother received her late sons personal effects;

  • Photos
  • Christmas Card
  • Postcards

In January 1919, his mother took receipt of her sons 1914/15 star.

By September 1921, his mother Ellen had died the previous year (Sep 1920), his father John, signed for the British War and Victory medals.


Rank: Private
Service No: 15208
Date of Death: 04/08/1917
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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