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Patrick Connor first enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Wigan in 1903 when he had just turned 18 years old. Patrick spent 6 months with the 1st Battalion but the majority of his three year service was with the 2nd Battalion in Gibraltar and South Africa. He joined the Army Reserve in 1906 and he became a collier. Patrick married Agnes in 1907 and they lived at 17 Lyon street, off Wallgate, Wigan.

Within a week of war being declared in early August 1914 Patrick was recalled and mobilised into the 1st Battalion. He sailed to France with the first deployment of the Battalion on 12th August 1914 but returned to the UK, to Southampton Hospital, just twenty days later having sprained his left foot on 30th August.

Patrick Connor died of broncho-pneumonia at Preston Military Hospital, Fulwood on 17th December 1915 where he had been taken in a ‘state of collapse’ the day before. Subsequent enquiries following his death failed to establish his movements since returning to the UK with the sprain. He was 31 years old.

Patrick was buried in Wigan Cemetery and by 1921 when his medals were dispatched, Agnes had remarried (surname now Delaney).

CWGC Photo courtesy of John Barton - November 2015

CWGC Photo courtesy of John Barton – November 2015

Rank: Private
Service No: 7106
Date of Death: 17/02/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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