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3411   Private William Patton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/11/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 17/03/1893
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
William Patton was the eldest son of Thomas and Margaret Patton. He was born in Shankill, Belfast on 17th March 1893. William moved to Newmills when he was young and was brought up by his grandfather. William Patton enlisted in Belfast. Private William John Patton was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on Sunday 16th May 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 1560385
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Newmills L.O.L. 183 Dungannon Roll of Honour Newmills
2 Newmills Parish Church Church Of Ireland - WWI Newmills
References and Links
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1 1901 census lists William J Patton Lists William as age 7, living with relatives at house 2 in Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
2 1911 census lists William J Patton Lists William as age 17, living with relatives at house 22 in Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
3 Editor's notes Attached document explains deductions
4 Unusable photo of Private William Patton's inscription
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 Private James Stewart Also from Pike's Bridge, Newmills
7 Ulster Covenant William J Patton signed while living in Derry, Coalisland
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023