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Patrick Shea (served as Rocke/Roche)

Rank: Private
Townland: Shrule
Town/Village: Ballymahon
Civil Parish: Shrule
Catholic Parish: Shrule
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident in Ballymahon
Census 1911: Resident in Ballymahon
Regiment/Unit: Machine Gun Corps (Tanks); [Leinster Regiment 3rd Battalion]; (Leinster Regiment, 5th Battalion Special Reserve)
Regiment Number: 317621; [3212]; (3810)
Date of Death: 30-10-1918
Cause: Illness, Wareham Military Hospital, Dorset
Memorial: Wareham Cemetery, Wareham, Dorset, U.K.

Patrick was born in Ballymahon 6 November 1891.

He enlisted in the Leinster Regiment Special Reserves when he was 17 years old in 1909; he was mobilised to permanent service on the 4 August 1914 serving in France from December 1914 until the January 1916. He completed his period of engagement 31 January 1916. After this Patrick re-enlisted in Dublin in the Tank Corps under the name Rocke, although some records list him as Roche. He reenlisted in Dublin using his assumed name, on the 11 October 1918, however, he died in Wareham Military Hospital a few weeks later.

His sister, Mrs. Margaret Clarke of Creevaghbeg, was listed as his next-of-kin.

Parents Names: Son of John Shea and Mary (née Nolan) of Ballymahon, Co. Longford.
Notes: Brother of Maggie, Ellen, Annie and Patrick. Maggie was married to John Clarke by 1911. Wareham Military Hospital was a 45-bed unit at Wareham military base.

Link to CWGC; Link to CWGC alias; link to Find A Grave entry; Civil Record of Birth (if the link is broken, add .pdf to the end of the web address); 

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