Patterson, Thomas (No. 17763)

Patterson, Thomas


No. 18617, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles transferred to

No. 17763, 108th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 36th (Ulster) Division

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 27)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

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

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s)

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor

Conlig Orange Hall


In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Private Thomas Patterson (No. 17763) was born in Bangor.

In the 11 August 1916 edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported that Mrs Carson, Castle Street, Bangor had been informed that her brother Thomas had been killed in action.  Elizabeth Patterson and Alexander Carson were married on 15 December 1897 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).  Elizabeth Patterson from Bangor was a minor and a daughter of William Patterson, a labourer.  Alexander Carson, a van driver from Bangor, was a son of William Carson, a labourer.

Thomas Patterson was born on 29 January 1889 in Balloo and he was a son of William and Martha Patterson (nee McIlloram, sometimes McIlloran, sometimes McIllorum, sometimes McAlloran, sometimes McKlome, sometimes McLora) who were married on 14th May 1877 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church.  William Patterson, a labourer in Bangor Demesne was a son of Thomas Patterson, a labourer.  Martha McKlome from Bangor was a daughter of Michael McKlome, a labourer.

William and Martha Patterson lived in the townland of Corporation, Bangor.  William worked as a general labourer and he and Martha had twelve children:

Elizabeth (born 18 February 1878)

Margaret (born 29 October 1879 in Balloo)

William John (born 7 November 1881 in Balloo)

Maria (born 4 September 1883 in Balloo)

Martha (born 19 April 1885 in Balloo)

Jane (born 14 July 1887 in Balloo)

Thomas (born 29 January 1889 in Balloo)

David (born 13 April 1891 in Gray’s Hill, Bangor)

Agnes (born 30 June 1893 in Gray’s Hill, Bangor)

Mary Louisa (born 20 October 1895 in Bangor Demesne)

Robert (born 11 June 1897 in Bangor Demesne)

Isabella (Bella, born 30 October 1898 in Bangor Demesne)

Their mother Martha died of hemiplegia in Bangor Demesne on 10 October 1899 (aged 42).

Their father William died of septicaemia in Bangor Hospital on 27 December 1912 (aged 55) and his daughter, Lizzie Carson, was in attendance during his illness.

Thomas Patterson enlisted in Bangor and he served initially with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 18617) before being transferred to 108th Company, Machine Gun Corps in the 36th (Ulster) Division (No. 17763).  Private Thomas Patterson was 27 when he was killed in action on 1 July 1916 and he has no known grave.

Private Thomas Patterson (No. 18617) is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 51); in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s); in First Bangor Presbyterian Church; in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor and in Conlig Orange Hall.

[Before 1882, Bangor Abbey was the only Church of Ireland Church in Bangor and was referred to as Bangor Parish Church.  When Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) opened in 1882 it became known as Bangor Parish Church, or the New Church.  Bangor Abbey was referred to as the Old Church and remained within Bangor Parish until 1939.]