Private George Patton


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was born around 1880 and had a sister named Margaret. It is possible that he was the George Patton born on 2 September 1880 at 32 Swift Street, Belfast, the first of three children of carpenter George Patton and his wife Margaret (formerly Reid, née Neill).

Patton enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 8 or 9 September 1914 (No.1182). On 1 May 1915 he embarked for France with D Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 51st Division.

Soon after, however, he fell ill, and was evacuated to the UK for treatment. On 2 November 1915 he was discharged, being 'no longer physically fit for war service' (paragraph 392 (xvi), King's Regulations).

On his return to Belfast, Patton lived at 14 Rotterdam Street and worked as a 'general jobber'. During 1916 he was admitted to The Abbey, a tuberculosis sanitorium at Whiteabbey. He died there from pulmonary tuberculosis on 22 September 1916.