Petticrew, Patrick (No. 22628)

Petticrew, Patrick

Private

No. 22628, 1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)

Killed in action on Wednesday 11 April 1917 (aged 19)

Buried:

Fampoux British Cemetery, France (Grave B. 36)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Pettigrew.

Patrick Petticrew was born on 14 September 1897 in Stewart’s Place, Holywood and he was a son of Patrick and Annie Petticrew (nee McCourtney) who were married on 22 January 1891 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  Patrick Petticrew (aged 21) from 44 Castle Street, Belfast was a son of James Petticrew, a gardener.  Annie McCourtney (aged 21), a servant from 48 Castle Street, Belfast was a daughter of Roddy McCourtney, a labourer.

The Petticrew family lived in Stewart’s Place, Holywood; in Spencer Street, Holywood and at 21 Hill Street, Holywood.

Patrick Petticrew Senior worked as a general labourer and van driver and he and Annie had at least eleven children:

Mary (born 31 May 1891 in Hill Street, Holywood)

Margaret (Maggie, born 1 January 1894 in Stewart’s Place, Holywood)

James (born 28 August 1895 in Stewart’s Place, Holywood)

Patrick (born 14 September 1897 in Stewart’s Place, Holywood)

Roderick (born 7 January 1900 in Stewart’s Place, Holywood)

John (born 13 January 1902 in Hill Street, Holywood)

Catherine (born around 1903/1904)

Andrew (born 1 October 1906 in Hill Street, Holywood)

Annie (born around 1908/1909)

Mary (born around 1910/1911)

Hugh (born 7 July 1912 in Hill Street, Holywood)

Patrick Petticrew enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and was killed in action on 11 April 1917 during the First Battle of the Scarpe.

Private Patrick Petticrew was 19 when he died and he was buried in Fampoux British Cemetery in France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

ON HIS SOUL

SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY

Private Patrick Petticrew is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial.