Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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01/01/2021 Known family: Patrick Birney, Mary Birney, Patrick Birney (born 11th July 1898), Mary Kate Birney (born 29th May 1900), Eileen Elizabeth Birney (born 21st February 1902, Omagh?), Sarah Ann Birney (born about 1908).
01/01/2021 Private Patrick Birney arrived in the Balkans on 21st July 1915.
01/01/2021 Private Patrick Birney is buried in Weston Mill Cemetery in Plymouth, which suggests he was removed back to a hospital in England. He was 38 years old.
01/01/2021 Patrick Birney and Mary Connelly were married on 2nd September 1897 in the district of Cookstown.
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30/12/2015 Mrs Birney, Louisa Street, Belfast, has received intimation that her only son, Private Patrick Birney, Inniskillings, was killed in action on 30th January 1917. The deceased, who was only 18 years of age, entered the army as a boy three years ago from Linfield Foundry, where he had been an apprentice fitter. Mrs Birney lost her husband, Mr Patrick Birney, who died in September 1915, of dysentery contracted in Gallipoli. The deceased boy had been at the front since 1914, and had been once wounded. An officer, in the course of a sympathetic letter, to Mrs Birney says:- 'Your son did his duty to his God, his King and his country, and died while performing it.' The deceased Patrick Birney was a full cousin of Mr Hugh Birney, Ann Street, Dungannon, and was born in Coalisland and worked with his father Patrick at the tailoring trade until the death of his father, killed by the horse running away with the car on which he was going home from Dungannon to Coalisland; since then he resided in Belfast. His uncle John Birney, was killed during the Crimean War in the Balaclava charge, being in the Cavalry Light Brigade and one of 'Six Hundred'
30/12/2015 Patrick Birney was born in Dungannon, Co Tyrone about 1877.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists Patrick Birney (Senior) as age 24 living with his family at house 73 in Lincoln Street, Falls Ward, Antrim. He was married to Mary Birney and they had two children, Mary Catherine and Patrick. Patrick was working as a tailor. Both Patrick and his wife were from Tyrone. The children were born in Belfast.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census lists Patrick Birney (SNR) as age 35 living with his family at house 25 in Rosslea Road, Clones, County Monaghan. Patrick was a tailor.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated Thursday 15 February 1917
30/12/2015 Private Patrick Birney was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers in Gallipoli when he contracted dysentery. Private Birney died of dysentery on 9th September 1915.
30/12/2015 Private Patrick Birney's son, also Patrick Birney, fought and died in the war too. Because he has no direct connection with Dungannon, he is not included in the Dungannon War Dead.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record his son as the son of Mary Birney, of 16 Oranmore Street, Springfield Rd., Belfast, and the late Patrick Birney (who died in The Dardanelles Campaign)
30/12/2015 Patrick Birney enlisted in Belfast where he was living at the time.
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