2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
22/07/1915 (Killed in Action)
Patrick Corey was the husband of Mary Corey of Blackhill, Cookstown. He was an army reservist and had gone out with the British Expeditionary Force at the outbreak of war and was present at the Battle of Mons. He had been seriously wounded in October 1914 and after a long term in hospital was allowed home on leave in January 1915. On returning to the Colours he was stationed in Londonderry and went out with a draft of Inniskillings in May 1915. A friend of Paddy Corey said in later years that while they were billeted in Bethune, the town came under a bombardment from the Germans. He entered a shelled building to find Paddy and others had been killed by the blast. Altogether fifteen men were killed in the explosion.
Bethune is a town 29 kilometres north of Arras. The cemetery can easily be found, from any point in Bethune, by following the French signs indicating 'CIMETIERE NORD'. More precisely, from the town centre, turn right in front of the Tribunal and second right at the bottom of the road down to the cul-de-sac where the cemetery will be found.