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9419   Rifleman Patrick Sweeney
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 09/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Patrick Sweeney was born at Ballygillen, near Ballinderry Bridge, County Londonderry. Although living at Ballynure (near Ballyclare), he enlisted in Belfast into the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Patrick was killed in action on 9th May during the Battle of Aubers Ridge close to Festubert.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial
  Comines-Warneton, Hainaut
Grave Ref: Panel 9
CWGC Casualty 869028
The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, which is located 12.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen (Messines), Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg (N336). 3.5 Kms along the N336 lies a fork junction with the N365. The N365, which forms the right hand fork, leads to the town of Mesen. The Cemetery lies 3 Kms beyond Mesen on the right hand side of the N365, and opposite Hyde Park Corner Royal Berks Cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 2 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 45
References and Links
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1 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Patrick Sweeney
2 Possible 1901 Census listing Family from Londonderry, father James, Patrick aged 9
3 Possible 1911 Census listing Family from Londonderry, father James, mother Maggie 42, older childrens' ages match.