William Kirkpatrick was the youngest son of Robert and Eliza Kilpatrick. He was born in December 1888 in Coleraine. He was the youngest of at least seven children, all of whom were born in Coleraine. The family lived in Portstewart. His father was a shoemaker. By 1911, William had changed his name to Kirkpatrick. He was a plasterer. Private William Kirkpatrick served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers for a time. Private William Kirkpatrick was serving with the 5th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on Saturday 28th August 1915.
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.