Patchell, William Neville (No. PS/5435)

Patchell, William Neville


No. PS/5435, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Killed in action on Sunday 16 July 1916 (aged 25)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 8C 9A and 16A)

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor


William Neville Patchell was born on 11 August 1890 in Hermitage, Dungarvan, Co Waterford and he was a son of William Anderson Patchell and Alice Louisa Patchell (nee Neville) who were married on 30 April 1886 in Kilkenny Church of Ireland Cathedral (St Canice’s).

The Patchell family lived in Dungarvan, Co Waterford; in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh and at 45 Malone Avenue, Belfast.

William Patchell Senior was a bank official and he and Alice had two children:

William Neville (born 11 August 1890 in Dungarvan, Co Waterford)

Alice Mary Frances Violet (born 2 April 1893 in Erne View, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh)

During the Great War, William Neville Patchell served with the 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers and he went to France on 15 November 1915.  He was 25 when he was killed in action on 16 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and he has no known grave.

Private William Neville Patchell is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

His mother died of cancer on 20 October 1917 (aged 57) and his father died on 9 December 1946

His sister, Alice Mary Frances Violet Patchell and Francis Alexander Sloss were married on 25 November 1918 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall).  Francis Alexander Sloss was a solicitor from 5 Albert Street, Bangor and he was a son of Joseph Sloss who was a Royal Navy Staff Surgeon.

Francis and Alice Sloss’s son, Francis Neville Sloss, served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and he was killed on 18 June 1943 (aged 19).  He was buried in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.