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477183   Private Patrick George Coleman
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Regiment (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/09/1874
Died: 05/08/1916 (Died by accident)
Age: 41
Summary      
Patrick Coleman was born 1st September 1874 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. Patrick was the son of James and Katherine Coleman, He was married to Ellen Coleman, of Derrygortreary, Dungannon and formerly of Drumay, Moy, County Tyrone about 1908. He had previously served 7 years with the Royal Irish Rifles and a further 2 years in reserve before emigrating to Canada where he worked as a labourer. He re-enlisted on 25th August 1915 at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Private Patrick George Coleman died of wounds on 5th August 1916
Further Information
Patrick was the son of James and Katherine Coleman,
Patrick Coleman was born 1st September 1874 in Gosport, Hampshire, England.
George had served seven years with the Royal Irish Rifles, being stationed in India for a time.
George Coleman and Ellen Hughes were married on 26th February 1908 in the district of Dungannon. Ellen hailed from Drumay, Moy.
The 1911 census lists George, English born, living with Ellen at house 24 in Moygashel Town, Dungannon. He was a labourer.
He served a further two years in reserve before emigrating to Canada in late 1911 where he worked as a labourer.
He re-enlisted on 25th August 1915 at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Patrick George Coleman Attestation Paper - page 1
Patrick George Coleman Attestation Paper - page 2
Private Coleman arrived with the Canadian Contingent in England in September 1915.
Private Patrick George Coleman was serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment when he was injured in a train crash in France and died of his wounds at a clearing station at Remy, France on 5th August 1916.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private Coleman died of injuries received in an accident on 5th August 1916. Private Coleman was proceeding on a works train to Vlamertinghe when a collision occurred at Brandhoek Crossing between the train and a motor lorry. He was severely injured, receiving fractured thighs and compound fractures to both legs. After receiving immediate attention at the 88th Field Ambulance, he was taken to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station where he died the same day.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 17th August 1916:
A local Canadian Volunteer in the person of Mr George Coleman, brother of Mr James Coleman, Grange, has been wounded.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 19th August 1916:
Mr James Coleman, Grange, Moy, has received intimation that his brother, George Coleman, of the Canadian Forces, has been wounded in action. Prior to emigrating to Canada, the wounded soldier had served in the Royal Irish Rifles.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 19th August 1916: Corporal Coleman
The relatives of Corporal G P Coleman, Royal Canadians, have been notified of his death from wounds at No. 3 Clearing Station, Remy. He belonged to Drumanney, Moy. His brother, Mr T J Coleman, resides at Bocan Street and other relatives at Cullingtree Road, Belfast. He formerly belonged to the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, and served some years in India.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 24 August 1916:
Official intimation has been received by his relatives in Dunmanny, Moy, of the death from wounds of Corporal George P Coleman, Canadians, at a clearing station at Remy, France. The deceased soldier went to Canada five or six years ago, returning to England last September with the Canadian Contingent. He formerly served with the Royal Irish Rifles, being stationed in India for a time
Private Patrick George Coleman is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Ypres in Belgium.
Private George Coleman is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on Moy War Memorial.
The CWGC record Private Coleman as the son of James and Katherine Coleman.
The CWGC also record Private Coleman as the husband of Ellen Coleman, of Derrygortreavy, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland and a native of Moy, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moygashel Town (No 24) Dungannon Town South Census listing in Moygashel Town, Bernagh 54.483328 -6.752865
2 Drumay, Moy (Benburb) Benburb Enlistment lists wife in Drumay, Moy 54.443793 -6.765203
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
26/02/1908 M Hughes Ellen Wife M/1908/T1/2569/7/214
26/02/1908 M Coleman George Casualty M/1908/T1/2569/7/214
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Coleman family Lists "George", English born, living with Ellen at house 24 in Moygashel Town, Bernagh, Tyrone
2 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Patrick Coleman
3 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Patrick Coleman
4 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Patrick George Coleman's death
5 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private George Coleman's grave
6 Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Information on Private P G Coleman including grave photo
7 Patrick Coleman Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (36 no.)
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private George Coleman's grave can be purchased here
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