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08/06/2020 Patrick Overend was the son of John Overend and Maggie McIlkennon. Patrick was born in Bellaghy on 17th March 1901.
08/06/2020 Patrick enlisted under his motherís name as Patrick McIlkennon on 28th January 1918. He gave his address as St Columbaís Industrial School in Killybegs, which is in County Donegal.
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08/06/2020 On 1st March 1918 he was despatched to Devonport Depot on retention at Killybegs to train as Signal Boy.
08/06/2020 Patrick was found drowned near the wall of Fountain Lake, Portsmouth Dockyard. Death was due to suffocation following immersion.
08/06/2020 The 1901 census lists Patrick as a baby, living with his unmarried mother at house 5 in Drumanee Lower, Bellaghy, County Londonderry.
08/05/2018 Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon was with HMS Victory with the Royal Naval Reserve when he died on 19th December 1919.
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08/05/2018 Many thanks to Wesley Wright of the Friends of the Somme (Mid Ulster Branch) for the discovery and research.
08/05/2018 Deck Hand Patrick McIlkennon is buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery on the outskirts of Plymouth.
08/05/2018 His next of kin was listed as Miss Brigid Harte who was living at Cornstalk, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim.
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