‘Y’ Company, 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers,
Killed in Action, 3rd July 1915,
From Harold’s Cross Dublin,
Patrick Dalton a Pre War regular soldier, departed with the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, from Portsmouth, were it was stationed at the outbreak of World War 1. It was assigned to the 9th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and remained with it throughout the war. It landed at Le Havre on 31st August 1914 and remained on the Western Front until the Armistice with Germany.
The 1st Battalion was soon in action at Mons in which battle, the 3rd and 5th Divisions bore the brunt of the fighting, and thereafter saw action in all the major engagements of 1914 – Marne, Aisne, La Bassee, Armentieres and Ypres. The battalion remained on the Western Front, in the same brigade and division, for the rest of the war. In all it suffered 1742 dead.
Patrick was killed on the 3rd July 1915,with two others wounded, whilst in bivouac, near the trenches at St Eloi. Circumstances of his death are unknown, most probably a stray shell, whilst his battalion was ‘at rest’.
He left behind a young wife, Elizabeth, who was living at 26 Haras Cottages, Harold’s Cross, in Dublin.
WE ASKED LIFE OF THEE
AND THOU HAS GIVEN HIM LIFE