Fitzpatrick, William (No. 174638)

Fitzpatrick, William

Leading Seaman

No. 174638, HMS Newmarket, Royal Navy

Killed in action on Tuesday, 17 July 1917 (aged 40)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England (Panel 24)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

BIOGRAPHY

William Fitzpatrick was born on 6 August 1876 at 33 Fisher’s Hill (Victoria Road), Bangor and baptised two days later in the old St. Comgall’s Roman Catholic Church.  He was a son of Patrick and Ann Jane (Anna) Fitzpatrick (nee Duffy) who were married on 28 March 1875 (Easter Sunday) in the old St. Comgall’s Roman Catholic Church Bangor.  Patrick Fitzpatrick was a son of Daniel (Dan) Fitzpatrick, a blacksmith.  Before the first Roman Catholic Church in Bangor was built in 1851, Mass was said in Dan Fitzpatrick’s forge in Church Quarter.

Patrick Fitzpatrick worked as a blacksmith and he and Anna had seven children:

William (born 6 August 1876 in Bangor)

Elizabeth (Eliza, born 7 August 1878 at 33 Fisher’s Hill, Bangor)

Daniel (born 1 May 1880 at 33 Fisher’s Hill, Bangor)

Jane (Jennie, born 15 August 1882 at 33 Fisher’s Hill, Bangor)

Margaret (born 14 December 1884 at 33 Fisher’s Hill, Bangor; died)

Henry (born 8 January 1887 at 33 Fisher’s Hill, Bangor)

James (born 23 October 1889 at 33 Fisher’s Hill, Bangor; died)

The Fitzpatrick children attended the Ward School, Main Street, Bangor and then St Comgall’s National School which opened on 1 October 1890.

In 1911 the Fitzpatrick family lived at 58 Victoria Road, Bangor.

William Fitzpatrick joined the Royal Navy, and, in April 1901, he was an Able Bodied Seaman aboard HMS Vulcan docked at Grand Harbour, Malta.  During the Great War, he served as a Leading Seaman.

Leading Seaman William Fitzpatrick was 40 when he died at sea on 17 July 1917 when HMS Newmarket was lost in the Eastern Mediterranean, south of Ikaria Island in the Aegean Sea.

HMS Newmarket was built in 1907 by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., Hull for the Great Eastern Railway Company, Harwich and at the time of her loss was being operated by the Royal Navy as an auxiliary minesweeper.  HMS Newmarket was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-38.  There were only three survivors from a crew of 73.

Leading Seaman William Fitzpatrick (No. 174638) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque and in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 43).