Doran, Patrick Edward

Doran, Patrick Edward

Civilian War Dead

Died of disease on Monday 26 October 1942 (aged 56)


Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co. Down (Section 1.A. Grave 33)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ministry of Defence Police National Roll of Honour


Patrick Edward Doran was born on 20 November 1885 at 28 Annetta Street, Belfast and he was a son of James and Isabella Doran (nee Darragh) who were married on 26 January 1875 in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Belfast.

James Doran worked as a publican and spirit merchant and he and Isabella had at least five children:

Bernard (born 12 December 1875 at 45 Annetta Street, Belfast)

James (born 11 September 1877 at 45 Annetta Street, Belfast)

Mary Elizabeth (born 18 May 1879 at 43 Annetta Street, Belfast)

John (born 31 October 1883)

Patrick Edward (born 20 November 1885 at 28 Annetta Street, Belfast)

Their father, James Doran, died of pneumonia on 20 July 1887 (aged 38).

Patrick Edward Doran worked as a labourer and on 8 May 1910 he and Kathleen (sometimes Catherine) Young were married in St. Matthew’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.

Patrick Edward Doran and Kathleen Doran (nee Young) had at least seven children:

John Patrick (born 22 December 1910 at 22 Kingston Street, Belfast)

William (born 12 September 1912 at 22 Kingston Street, Belfast)

James Edward (Jim, born 27 October 1915 at 30 Ponsonby Avenue, Belfast when his father, who had previously been a sailor, was serving as a Private in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment)

Marie-Winnifred (born 13 January 1920)




Later the Doran family lived at 106 High Street, Bangor.

During the Second World War Patrick Edward Doran was a member of the Royal Marine Police Special Reserve and he died of pulmonary tuberculosis at 106 High Street, Bangor on 26 October 1942.  His son John registered his death.

Patrick Edward Doran was buried in Bangor Cemetery the following day.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website he is recorded as Civilian War Dead.  At the same time, he is recorded as being in the Royal Marine Special Police Reserve.  Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.

The Royal Marine Police was created by an Order in Council and came into being on 13 October 1922. It was administered by the Adjutant General, Royal Marines and for records, pay, clothing and discipline purposes it was attached to the three Royal Marine Divisions at Chatham, Portsmouth, and Plymouth (Devonport).  All members of the Royal Marine Police were sworn in as Special Constables under the Special Constables Act 1923 but originally, they were serving and retired members of the Royal Corps of Royal Marines.  They were subject to military law under the provisions of the Army Act. Pensioners from the Royal Navy were subsequently accepted.

Initially, members of this new Police Force were recruited according to their previous ranks in the Armed Forces.  This created a semi-military force as men in the lower ranks served under men who had commanded them in the Royal Marines or the Royal Navy.  After the outbreak of the Second World War recruitment dried up because of the practice of recruiting only pensioners from the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy.  Men who were expecting to retire from these Forces were retained for the duration of the War. For this reason, the rules were amended to permit ex-servicemen from any branch of the Armed Forces to enlist in a new section of the force known as the Royal Marine Police Special Reserve. This still failed to achieve target numbers and a third force, the Admiralty Civil Police was formed.  Anyone, regardless of former military service, could join and some men joined the Admiralty Civil Police as an alternative to joining the Armed Forces.

As a result, at the end of the War in 1945, the Admiralty found itself with three police forces, each with different conditions of service and discipline, but all under the same Chief Constable. In October 1949, the three forces were disbanded, and the Admiralty Constabulary was formed.

Patrick Edward Doran was 56 when he died, and he is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery.

Family sources have said that Patrick Edward Doran was seriously injured in an air raid whilst on guard duty at the Royal Navy base at Rosyth in Scotland.

His wife Kathleen died on 19 December 1973.