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Patrick Berrigan

Rank: Pioneer / [Private]
Street:
Townland: Silver Street
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish:
Country:
Alternative Address: 20 Reigate Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Census 1901: Scotland
Census 1911: England, Wales & Scotland
Regiment/Unit: Royal Engineers, 4th Labour Battalion, transferred to the Labour Corps, 703rd Company
Regiment Number: 115129, transferred to 291404
Date of Death: 07-03-1918
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Information: Patrick was born c.1869 in Granard, Co. Longford and enlisted in Whitehall, London in August 1915. He was killed in action on 7 March 1918. Remembered with honour Dunhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Belgium. His next-of-kin was listed as Margaret Cronin, who was his youngest niece and was the daughter of his sister Annie (Farrell). He did not write a will, (link below), but the terms of his wishes were set out by his friend, who would write his correspondence for him. He had stated that should anything happen to him that "she should have wot [sic] he had for her goodness to him". This was supported by others including the husband of his niece Annie, Margaret's sister, who wrote that "... it was an understood thing with the whole family that his youngest neice [sic] Maggie Cronin was to receive everything if anything happen to him", and he stated that this was Berrigan's "final wish".
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Notes: Awarded Victory Medal after death. Next-of-kin was Margaret Cronin of 20 Reigate Street, Hamilton: later of Morrison Buildings, Birkenshaw, Larkhall and 21 New Street, Birkonshaw (Birkenshaw?), Larkhall. He also had a niece, Catherine Brown of Reygate Street and Annie Farrell of Sheffield. A man with similar details to Patrick Berrigan was in Peterhead Prison in 1901.
Links: http://soldierswills.nationalarchives.ie/reels/sw/1918_22/BerriganP_E561275.pdf

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