Private John Patty


John Patty was born on 27 September 1881 in Strand Street, Holywood, County Down, the first of fourteen children of labourer (later poulterer) Alexander Patty and his wife Elizabeth (née Cummins). On 8 February 1904 he married Margaret Murphy in St Anne's Church of Ireland Parish Church, Belfast. His address at the time was 129 Cupar Street and his occupation fowl butcher. The couple had five children over the next twelve years. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living at 78 Woodstock Road, Belfast, the home of a relative of Mary, with their children, John working as a general labourer.

Patty enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron at Belfast on 9 April 1915 (No. UD/245), understating his age by three years. He reported for duty at Enniskillen two days later.

Later that year, however, he was found to be suffering from 'valvular disease of the heart (mitral & aortic)'. A medical board at Enniskillen on 5 November recommended that he be discharged as permanently unfit, noting that the condition was 'in no way caused by military service'.

Patty was discharged, being 'no longer physically fit for war service' (paragraph 392 (xvi), King's Regulations), on 17 November 1915. His military character was recorded as 'fair'.


This page last updated 14 March 2023.