Patterson, John (No. 18618)

Patterson, John


No. 18618, 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (YCVs)

Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 24)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 & 162 to 162A & 163A)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

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


John Patterson was born around 1893/1894 in Barrow-in-Furness and he was a son of William and Eliza Ann Patterson (nee Gillespie).  William Patterson was born around 1855 in Banbridge, Co. Down and Eliza Ann Gillespie was born around 1861 in Tynan, Co. Armagh.

The Patterson family lived in England before they moved to Belfast in the early 1900s where they lived at 35 Lomond Avenue.

William Patterson worked as a ship’s painter and he and Eliza Ann had eleven children including:

William (born around 1883/1884 in England)

Eliza Ann (born 27 January 1889 at 40 Stratheden Street, Belfast)

Henry (born around 1890/1891 in England)

John (born around 1893/1894 in England)

Duncan (born around 1895/1896 in England)

Robert (born around 1897/1898 in England)

Charles (born around 1900/1901 in England)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War John Patterson worked as a ship’s joiner and he enlisted in Belfast.

Rifleman John Patterson (No. 18618) served with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 24 when he was killed in action on 16 August 1917, the first day of the Battle of Langemarck.  At the time of his death his mother was living at 16 Dufferin Avenue, Bangor.

Rifleman John Patterson (No. 18618) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium; 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 45).